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HOME > GLOBAL REPORT > Regulation

:: Egypt (country regulation overview) ::

Published by OVUM
Category Regulation
Date 2009-11-26
Page 15
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The telecoms market in Egypt is less regulated than its peers such as the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in MEA. In the wholesale markets, the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has been relatively liberal in allowing operators to enter into commercial service agreements with each other by adopting a cost-plus model for fixing the service prices. However, the retail market is comparatively more regulated, with the NTRA requiring the operators to get their tariffs approved and complying with the service quality standards set by it. In our opinion, while end users are protected by the NTRA’s retail regulation policy, the lack of regulation of wholesale services risks a price squeeze on alternative service providers and therefore fails to adequately foster or protect competition.