Sources inside National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA), confirmed that (NTRA) approved to issue two licenses for international calls for Vodafone and Mobinil (EMOB) in the first stage of the unified license, Amwal Alghad reported. The move would allow landline monopoly Telecom Egypt (ETEL-CA)(TE) to transform into a "integrated" operators. The NTRA will allow the licenses for the two mobile operators without activation for two years to protect Telecom Egypt and insure an income in that period when providing mobile service. Vodafone and Mobinil will pay EGP1.8bn, EGP1.5bn respectively, sources revealed. The mobile operators depend on the international gateway by Telecom Egypt to provide international phone calls, and refused to buy the license after protesting terms issued by the NTRA 5 years ago which was considered "unfair", while Etisalat obtained the license since initiating its Egyptian unit.