CAIRO: The lack of mobile coverage and Wi-Fi at the Cairo Metro’s Third Line after over two years of its inauguration is due to security’s entities’ refusal to issue licenses to cell phone operators, Youm7 reported Friday.
The Metro agreed to provide two of Egypt’s three operators with licenses, but the process requires the approval of the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, which cannot issue the licenses without Interior Ministry permission, an informed source at the Metro told Youm7.
The police refuse to issue licenses on the basis of “security concerns,” the source said, adding that the Metro was carrying out the procedures of installing Wi-Fi at its stations, but stopped short pending police approval.
Security bodies fear such services may be used to execute “terrorist acts” at the essential facility, according to the source.
State-owned facilities have been under attack since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Hundreds of pylons have been bombed, several public buses have been torched and a number of water plants have been vandalized. Such attacks, however, have largely subsidized in recent months.
Ten underground stations the Third Line’s First Phase 19 stations are operational, from Ataba in downtown to Haroun station in Heliopolis.
Additional reporting by Reda Hebishy