Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO) and the Service Level Agreement (SLA)

In the last few years, the telecommunications industry in Egypt underwent a number of significant changes. These changes are represented in the high growth rates attained in terms of revenues and subscribers in the mobile and Internet markets, whereas the fixed line segment experienced a slower growth path. 

Regulatory policies are considered the core mission and mandate of NTRA to encourage national and international investments within free competition rules.

This underscores the State’s endeavor towards the formulation of free-market and business-friendly policies. NTRA sees it as a major role to develop a fair competitive telecommunication market that can enhance confidence between existing operators and new entrants in the Egyptian telecommunication sector. This is a dynamic process that necessitates the adoption of regulatory measures, effective enough to reduce the risk of any potential anti-competitive behavior and to remedy the effects of such harmful behavior in case committed.

NTRA is currently in the process of amending its competition policy rules in order to formulate a framework based on anti-trust principles and methodologies.

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Interconnection Agreements Guidelines

In accordance with the Telecommunication Regulation Law No. 10/2003, and the Ministerial Decree No. 165/2003, a general framework is issued by NTRA for the interconnection agreements between telecommunication operators and service providers, whereby each licensee shall sign a bilateral interconnection agreement with any other licensee using its network.

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Framework of Competition Policy

Pursuant to the Telecommunication Regulation Law No.10/2003, NTRA is in charge of monitoring and protecting competition policy in the telecommunication market. Accordingly, NTRA sets the limits for free competition, which if exceeded will result in the occurrence of monopolistic practices in any of the fields regulated by the law. A general framework for free competition policy is issued by NTRA to determine the policy to be followed to ensure a free competitive and liberalized environment.

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