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.
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.