Orange Egypt

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Orange Egypt
"Société anonyme égyptienne" (S.A.E.)
Industry Telecommunications
Founded March 4, 1998[1]
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt
Key people
Jean-Marc Harion (CEO) / Atef Helmy (Chairman)
Products Mobile phone services
Revenue Increase 10.3 billion (2012)[2]
Parent Orange S.A.
Website www.orange.eg

Orange Egypt (Egyptian: اورنچ مٙصر, Orange Maṣr[3]), formerly Mobinil[4], is the first mobile phone operator in Egypt, founded on March 4, 1998. Orange provides voice and data exchange services, as well as 4G[5], 3G, ADSL and Broadband Internet.

Network and coverage[edit]

Orange Egypt has:[6]

  • 99,299 sites;
  • 36 switches;
  • 4503 mobile BTSs with:
    • 1. Built-in echo cancellers on all switches;
    • 2. EFR voice clarity enhancement;
    • 3. State-of-the-art antennas.

Orange was the first mobile carrier in Egypt to extend its network services to underground stations, having installed 17 Micro BTSs covering stations in Cairo in addition to the Al Azhar Tunnel.[6]

Orange has international roaming agreements with 348 operators in 135 countries, being the first in Egypt to establish roaming agreements with the US and Canada, as well as non-GSM operators in South American countries including Argentina, Brazil and Peru.

Orange Egypt offers roaming with satellite operators such as Al-Thuraya.

Orange claims that its coverage extends to more than 99% of the Egyptian population.

Recent changes[edit]

On September 21, 2011, Yves Gauthier has been appointed the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Mobinil, a change that took effect on November 15 of the same year. This followed the resignation of Hassan Kabbani.

On February 13, 2012, Orange S.A. announced its intent to buy Sawiris' biggest share in Mobinil for about $2 billion which could be the end of the long-standing dispute between the company's major shareholders.

On May 27, 2012, Orange S.A. acquired 94 percent of Mobinil, buying most of the shares it did not already own from its local venture partner, Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT). Orange executed its purchase of 93.9 million shares of the 100 million outstanding at a pre-agreed price of E£202.5 each, for a total transaction value of E£19 billion ($3.15 billion). OTMT agreed to keep a 5 percent stake in Mobinil.[7]

In February 2015, an agreement was reached between Orange S.A. and OTMT, where OTMT, then holder of 5% of Mobinil's shares, sold all of its shares and voting rights in the company to Orange S.A., thus raising Orange's ownership in Mobinil to 98.92%.

On March 8, 2016, Mobinil was officially rebranded to Orange.

On October 14, 2016, Orange acquired the fourth-generation (4G) internet services licence after signing a $484-million agreement with the national telecom regulator.[8]

By late 2016, Orange started offering 4G internet services.

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