Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
21 February 2023
Egypt First Arab Country to Join ITU ATC

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has selected the Egyptian African Telecom Regulatory Training Center (EG-ATRC) of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) to join ITU Academy Training Centers (ATC) program. Egypt is the first Arab country to join ITU ATC.
Out of 60 centers, EG-ATRC was selected, having met the selection criteria for joining the program. EG-ATRC demonstrated expertise and proven performance in the delivery of training courses concerned with telecommunications/ICTs to the target audience addressed by the ATC program and experience in delivering training to international participants from diverse countries. In addition, it met all other criteria in the Institutional Quality and Capacity category.
Inaugurated in July 2021, EG-ATRC is the first telecom regulation-focused training center. It allows for exchanging expertise in telecommunications among African countries and aims to develop unified visions for telecom regulators and concerned authorities through in-depth training delivered by Egyptian experts to help build a promising digital economy in Africa.
The Center has organized four training courses and workshops and provided more than 110 training hours in cybersecurity, management of scarce resources such as frequency spectrum; smart cities and infrastructure, type approval, and market governance. This is in addition to regulatory framework-related topics, including licensing, consumer protection, and promotion of e-payment. Regulators from 29 African and Arab countries participated in EG-ATRC programs.
The selection of Egypt as a member of ITU ATC is in line with promoting its regional and international cooperation in telecom regulation and comes as one of the many milestones that the country has reached in this front. Egypt chairs three Study Groups of ITU Radiocommunication, Telecommunication Standardization, and Telecommunication Development Sectors. Moreover, “My NTRA” mobile application was selected as one of the Champion Projects of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2022, e-government category. Egypt also moved up 54 spots on ITU ICT Regulatory Tracker, ranking 41st, and 43 spots on GSMA Mobile Money Regulatory Index, ranking 36th.
It is worth noting that ITU ATC program directly contributes to building knowledge and skills among professionals in the ICT field, thus enabling them to contribute to, and fully participate in, accelerating digital transformation. ITU Academy Training Centers are internationally recognized institutions, offering high-quality training to intermediate and senior personnel, and focusing on the needs of developing countries.
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