Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. ("OTH")
is part of the Orascom group of companies,which was established in 1976. Orascom entered the field of Information Technology and Telecommunications by trading and distributing IT and telecom equipment in Egypt. It became the market leader representing the most important companies in these sectors such as Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Compaq, IBM, Lucent Technologies (AT&T), Oracle and Novell.
Orascom built its solid foundations in IT and telecommunication hardware over a period of ten years. In 1994, it acquired an interest in Egypts first ISP, InTouch, marking its first step in offering services in the communications marketplace. As the communications sector in Egypt began to be privatized, Orascom continued to add more service companies to its portfolio, and was a participant in a joint venture that was awarded Egypts first license for VSAT technologies, and a lead member of a consortium formed to create Egypts first private payphone network. By 1997, Orascom was in a position to participate in the bidding process for a GSM license in Egypt, having proven itself in the marketplace as an IT and telecom hardware leader, in addition to building up the know-how and skills in managing large scale projects and understanding local market conditions.