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Egypt - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Egypt - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Supported by a population of more than 90 million, Egypt has one of the largest telecom markets in North Africa. There is effective competition in most sectors, while one key development has been the recent award of unified licences to allow operators to offer services in the fixed-line and mobile sectors. The incumbent telco Telecom Egypt secured one of the licenses in August 2016. The three mobile network operators initially failed to bid for the remaining three licenses, which would have enabled them to enter the fixed-line market and provide fully convergent service offerings. This prompted the government to consider opening the bidding process to international operators, but shortly afterwards these network operators secured licences after having renegotiated licence terms. Spectrum was assigned to these licensees in June 2017.

The country's political crisis following the Arab Spring' revolution which began in 2011 adversely affected the telecom sector. Although revenue has remained stable, profit margins and capital expenditure have fallen due to a weaker local currency, especially since the beginning of 2013, and international investors have shown considerable caution. The government in recent months has endeavoured to secure billions of dollars in funding to develop technology parks and to extend broadband availability, and in the process to create jobs in ICT and rekindle international investor interest.

Efforts are underway to roll out next-generation networks, offering converged IP-based voice, data and entertainment services. Egypt is well connected by several international submarine fibre optic cables, while it also has an extensive national fibre backbone and some of Africa's most vibrant FttP deployments.

Key developments:

Telecom Egypt to provide Etisalat Misr with virtual fixed voice services, partners with Huawei to develop cloud computing services;
Liquid Telecom investing $400 million in data centres and telecom infrastructure in Egypt;
Telecom Egypt and Liquid Telecom agree to expedite the roll out of fibre networks across North Africa;
Government and Hungary sign MoU to increase cooperation and investment in ICTs, e-government and e-commerce;
Telecom Egypt and Orange Egypt receive LTE licences and spectrum assignments;
Orange Egypt, Vodafone, Telecom Egypt sign $2 billion infrastructure sharing deal;
SEA-ME-WE 5 cable comes online to add additional international internet capacity;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to January 2019, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2018, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Egypt, Orascom Telecom, Menatel, NilePhone, Raya Telecom, Zhone Technologies, Ericsson, NEC, Nortel Networks, Qualcomm, ZTE, Huawei Technologies.


List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Egypt 2018
Table 2 Average price for telecom services in Egypt 2012 2016
Table 3 Telecom Egypt fixed-line voice subscribers by sector 2014 2018
Table 4 Telecom Egypt financial data 2003 2018
Table 5 Telecom Egypt residential fixed voice and broadband ARPU 2010 2018
Table 6 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt 1995 2009
Table 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt 2010 2019
Table 8 Public payphones by operator in Egypt 2002 2014
Table 9 International bandwidth in Egypt 2003 2018List of Charts
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018
Chart 2 North Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018
Chart 3 Africa Top-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Leaders) 2018
Chart 4 North Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country 2018
Chart 5 North Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration 2018
Chart 6 North Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates 2018
Chart 7 Telecom Egypt financial data 2003 2018
Chart 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt 2005 2019List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 North Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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