File photo: A Telecom Egypt building is seen at the Smart Village in the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, October 27, 2015 (Reuters)
Egypt's telecoms operators received the wireless frequencies needed to deliver 4G mobile broadband networks on Wednesday, a key step in the long-delayed introduction of high-speed telecoms services.
Egypt sold four 4G licences in 2016 as part of a long-awaited plan to reform the telecoms sector and raise dollars for stretched government finances.
"The authority has sent a letter assigning the frequencies to telecommunications companies today," an official at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority told Reuters.
The country's three mobile operators - Vodafone Egypt , Orange and Etisalat - all acquired licences.
Orange Egypt agreed to a provision that required it to pay half the licence fee in dollars.
"The companies will redistribute the frequencies in preparation for offering the service commercially in the market within two months," said the official on condition of anonymity.
Egypt's state-owned landline company Telecom Egypt said in July 2016 that it would begin offering 4G services within a year of obtaining the necessary frequencies.