Egypt’s NTRA Attains Advanced Ranking in ITU Telecommunications Benchmark


Egypt’s National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has been recognized with the “Advanced” level status in the G5 Benchmark for regulatory performance in telecommunications by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This prestigious classification represents the highest global ranking and underscores Egypt’s commitment to regulatory excellence in the telecommunications sector.

The ITU’s decision to classify the NTRA at this level is attributed to the authority’s successful implementation of collaborative regulation, which has significantly contributed to the growth of an integrated digital economy in Egypt. Collaborative regulation, pivotal in the digital transformation era, necessitates harmonious coordination among telecommunications regulatory bodies and other sector counterparts. This approach is vital to establish a regulatory framework that effectively governs digital services and addresses challenges posed by emerging technologies.

Egypt’s elevation to this status by the ITU not only reinforces the country’s regional and global standing in telecommunications regulation but also paves the way for expanded investment opportunities in its telecommunications market. It furthers the development of a competitive and attractive investment climate and bolsters the digital transformation process.

NTRA’s dedication to collaborative regulation is evident in its partnerships with various entities, including the Central Bank of Egypt to advance digital payments and the government for national cybersecurity initiatives. The authority’s efforts extend to promoting digital inclusivity, ensuring accessible telecommunications and internet services for all community segments, including the elderly and people with disabilities.

In addition, NTRA’s interactive application, MyNTRA, gained international acclaim as one of the top five global projects in digital government at the WSIS forum in May 2022. Egypt also hosted the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR23), attracting over 700 specialists from more than 100 countries.

The Egyptian African Telecommunication Training Center (EG-ATRC), under the NTRA, has been accredited as an international training center by the ITU Academy, highlighting its excellence in telecommunication training. Egypt’s leadership roles in three study committees in radio, standardization, and development sectors at the International Telecommunication Union further illustrate the country’s active engagement in the global telecommunications regulatory space.

Through these efforts, the NTRA continues to shape a dynamic and forward-looking telecommunications regulatory landscape in Egypt, contributing significantly to the country’s digital transformation journey and global telecommunications leadership.

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