Egyptian telecoms minister, Hany Mahmoud has said the cabinet is considering ways to develop the mobile telecoms sector, including the issuance of a licence for a fourth operator, though a decision will not be taken until the first quarter of 2013, Reuters has reported. As an alternative to a fourth licence, the government could work to develop the sector with the existing operators; MobiNil, Vodafone Egypt , and Etisalat Misr, a unit of the UAE's Etisalat. "We are studying the whole telecoms market and what we exactly need. Is it a new player or distributing things into the different players we have now? It's not clear yet and it will be finalised in the first quarter next year," Mahmoud told the news service on the sidelines of a business conference in Cairo.