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Egypt - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Egypt - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Egypt has one of the most developed internet markets in Africa in terms of the number of users and the availability of services. The country's geographical position has enabled it to capitalise on the numerous cables which cross through it, interconnecting various parts of Europe with the Middle East and Asia. Egypt also has considerable domestic fibre infrastructure which is able to tap into cables at several points. The MENA subsea cable came into commercial use in late 2015, augmenting the country's considerable international bandwidth.

Growth in the number of broadband subscribers slowed briefly at the start of the country's political crisis in 2011, and continuing social and political disturbances since then have seen some measures imposed to restrict access to content and services.

The extensive bandwidth, together with considerable market competition, has meant that Egypt offers some of the lowest prices for DSL services on the continent. The three mobile network operators Etisalat Misr, Vodafone Egypt and Orange Egypt also offer mobile internet based on 3G technology. Each of them holds stakes in local ISPs. The award of a license to provide LTE services made to Telekom Egypt in August 2016 will see a commercial launch of services during the first quarter of 2016. The mobile network operators had declined the LTE licence terms, which prompted the government to consider a new tender which would allow international players to participate. The launch of LTE services will greatly enhance the capabilities of mobile broadband services in coming years.

Key developments:

Telecom Egypt extends the reach of its fibre networks; MENA subsea cable enters into service, boosting international bandwidth; continuing strong growth of DSL and mobile broadband; economic recovery shown in e-commerce market growth; report update includes the regulator's market data to July 2016, operator data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

TE Data, EgyNet, LINKdotNET, Nile Online, Yalla, Equant, Noor, Vodafone Data (Raya Telecom), Menanet, Batelco, Soficom, Egypt Network, Internet Egypt, MenaNet, MenaSat, iSkySat, StormSat Egypt, PLC International, JumpTV.


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Free Internet project
2.3 National Broadband Plan
2.4 Public internet access locations
2.4.1 Multipurpose Community Telecentres (MCTs)
2.5 Broadband statistics
2.6 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
2.6.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
3. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
3.1 Vodafone Egypt
3.2 EgyNet
3.3 LINKdotNET
3.4 Nile Online (NOL)
3.5 TE Data
3.6 Other ISPs
4. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5. Other fixed broadband services
5.1 Wireless broadband
5.1.1 Wi-Fi
5.1.2 WiMAX
5.2 Broadband via satellite
5.3 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
6. Digital Economy
6.1 E-commerce
6.1.1 E-commerce initiatives
6.2 Information Highway Project
6.3 E-government
6.4 E-learning
6.5 GLORIAD (Academic sector)
7. Digital media
7.1 Videostreaming
7.2 Communications
7.2.1 VoIP
8. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Egypt 2002 - 2017
Table 2 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt 1999 - 2009
Table 3 Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt 2010 - 2017
Table 4 Proportion of internet users by access technology in Egypt 2009 - 2014
Table 5 Dial-up internet subscribers in Egypt 2003 - 2016
Table 6 Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration in Egypt 2003 - 2017
Table 7 Forecast broadband subscribers in Egypt 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 8 DSL subscribers in Egypt, total vs TE 2002 - 2016
Table 9 Vodafone Egypt broadband subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 10 Mobinil broadband subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 11 TE DSL subscribers 2009 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Egypt 2002 2017
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt 2005 - 2017
Chart 3 Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration in Egypt 2003 2017

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