I wrote a post about my experience with Telecom Egypt just over a week ago and how it had taken 16 months for them to send engineers to install my new line. Well the saga continues and like many things in Egypt, it’s a never ending story.
The engineers who came to my house to install the new telephone cable, gave me the landline number that should be linked to our house. I was informed, to give it a few days so that it can be physically attached at the main terminal. As per instructions I gave it a few days and started to ring our new landline number to see if its working or not. I could hear the phone ring from my mobile but nothing from the physical phone attached to the cable. I gave it few more days and tried again but the same thing happened. I thought it might be a our phone and was about to give up, when someone actually answered the phone when I was standing next to my phone at home. Here is how the conversation developed:
Me: Who is this?
Ahmed: Who is this?
Me: This is so and so
Ahmed: This is Ahmed
Me: Is this Telecom Egypt?
Ahmed: No, I am Ahmed from Turkey
Me: Ahmed is this number, that I have rang a new number?
Ahmed: Yes, we are a Turkish company based in the 5th settlement and it is a new line.
Me: I am so sorry to have bothered you like this.
Well the rest was just chit chat about us and where we are from and blah blah blah.
Hence we are still waiting for our new phone line; 16 months and counting 🙂