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Viewing cable 09CAIRO305, EGYPT: SECTION 1377 TELECOM TRADE AGREEMENTS 2009

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09CAIRO305 2009-02-19 14:02 2011-02-16 21:09 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Cairo
VZCZCXYZ0002
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHEG #0305 0501459
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 191459Z FEB 09
FM AMEMBASSY CAIRO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1683
INFO RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC
RHEHAAA/WHITE HOUSE WASHDC
UNCLAS CAIRO 000305 
 
SIPDIS 
 
USTR FOR CATHERINE HINCKLEY 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ECPS ETRD ECON PGOV EG
SUBJECT: EGYPT: SECTION 1377 TELECOM TRADE AGREEMENTS 2009 
REVIEW 
 
REF: SECSTATE 4730 
 
1. (U) This cable responds to Ref A seeking answers to the two questions posed by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding Telecommunications trade agreements pursuant to section 1377 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988. The questions focused on market access and transparency for satellite services (SIA).

2. (U) VSAT Operator Licenses: Egypt does not restrict the number of licenses available for VSAT operators and satellite service operators. Currently, there are four companies that have VSAT licenses: Alkan, Mobiserve, Egypt Sat, and Africa Wave. Only one company of the four, Alkan, is doing well in the market and has a lion market share. The licenses are provided based on market demand. The restriction on licenses is a result of market saturation.

3. (U) Transparency and Petitioning: Egyptian telecom licensees should inform the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in order to obtain access to and/or contract directly with a foreign satellite operator. Users should go through an Egyptian licensee. A foreign operator may provide its service to end users through an Egyptian licensee. The NTRA provides details on its website on the VSAT regulation, at the following address: www.ntra.gov.eg/english/dpages dpagesdetails.asp?ID=258&Menu=1 SCOBEY