Communications and Information Technology Minister Khaled Negm said on Monday that the government is issuing the mobile phone service license for Telecom Egypt in the first quarter of 2016 when 4G network service is introduced in Egypt.
The new license would allow Telecom Egypt, the public landline monopoly, to compete with the three mobile providers such as Etisalat, Vodaphone and Mobinil.
In 2008, Mobinil was the first to launch the 3G service in Egypt.
Negm added that the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority is also considering new licenses for high-speed Internet services.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm