GSMA Celebrates 4G Launch in Egypt and Commends the Government’s Commitment to Release More Spectrum in 2017

Launch of 4G Services Marks an Important Milestone for Egypt’s
Economy and Society

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The GSMA welcomes the successful launch of 4G services by mobile
operators in Egypt, and believes that Egypt’s leadership in 4G will
serve as catalyst for economic growth and deliver broad societal

During a recent visit to Egypt, the GSMA’s Director General Mats Granryd
attended the CAIRO ICT Forum and engaged with leaders from the mobile
operators and other Egyptian ICT companies. The GSMA found widespread
industry support for the Government’s plans to release more spectrum in
2017, which were announced by HE Eng. Yasser ElKady and will further
enhance the newly launched 4G services, allowing all mobile operators to
offer quality 4G services to the people of Egypt.

“The GSMA is very pleased with the successful launch of 4G services in
Egypt and we stand ready to engage with all stakeholders in Egypt to
ensure continued success and growth of the Egyptian mobile economy.
Having lived and worked in Egypt for several years, I feel confident
that the launch of 4G will prove to be a key milestone for the country,”
commented Granryd.

The International Telecommunication Union emphasises that abundant
spectrum is essential to promoting competition and innovation in
telecommunications markets.1 The Government’s plan to release
more spectrum in 2017 can help ensure that sufficient spectrum is
available for the delivery of high quality, competitive 4G services and
to incentivise further investments in 4G networks.

John Giusti, the GSMA’s Chief Regulatory Officer noted: “In looking at
other successful launches of 4G services, the total amount of spectrum
assigned to each operator for 4G should be in the range of 2x30MHz to
2x60MHz, across a range of coverage and capacity bands, with a minimum
contiguous bandwidth of 2x10MHz in each band. The GSMA looks forward to
working with the Egyptian government as it plans the release of more
mobile spectrum this year, so that mobile operators can extend 4G
services and drive further socio-economic benefits for all Egyptian


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Charlie Meredith-Hardy
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