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Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Egypt’s MNOs receive LTE spectrum assignments

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, still majority owned by the State, secured one of the licenses on offer in August 2016 which allows it to offer LTE services. The three mobile network operators, after initially failing to bid for the remaining three licenses, secured them in early 2017 and received spectrum assignments in June 2017. The operators are able to offer ‘virtual’ fixed-line services hosted by telecom Egypt’s infrastructure.

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. The recent connections to the MENA and SE-ME-WE 5 cables have significantly improved international bandwidth, and though this has helped reduce end-user access prices the country still has among the slowest internet data rates globally.

Egypt has one of the largest mobile telecom markets in Africa, with effective competition and a penetration rate above 111%. Although the country was among the first countries in the region to launch 3G mobile services, the development of LTE services has suffered from delays in issuing spectrum.

This report outlines the major developments in the Egyptian telecom sector, including updated statistics and profiles of the main operators as well as a range of regulatory developments. It also covers the mobile market, assessing measures related to spectrum awards and licensing, as well as emerging technologies and services including mobile TV and m-banking. In addition the report analyses the broadband sector, concentrating on DSL and the nascent FttP market as well as on wireless broadband.

Key developments:

MNOs 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;
Telecom Egypt extends the reach of its fibre networks; Telecom Egypt and Orange Egypt sign five-year roaming agreement with Etisalat Misr;
Vodafone Egypt sees subscriber recovery into 2017;
Report updates include the regulator’s market updates to March 2017, telcos’ operating data to Q2 2017, 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, TE Data, EgyNet, LINKdotNET, Nile Online, Yalla, Equant, Noor, Vodafone Data (Raya Telecom), Batelco, Soficom, Egypt Network, Internet Egypt, MenaNet, MenaSat, iSkySat, StormSat Egypt, PLC International, JumpTV, Orange Egypt (Mobinil, ECMS, Orascom Telecom, Global Telecom Holding), Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat Misr, Thuraya, Iridium, Inmarsat, Alkan Communications, EgyptSat, MobiServe, Ericsson, Nokia Networks, Alcatel-Lucent.


  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2017 (Mar)
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2017
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2016
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (Mar)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table ICT contribution to GDP in Egypt - 2011 - 2017
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
    • NEW REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MASTER PLAN
      • Table Average price for telecom services in Egypt - 2012 - 2016
    • LEGISLATIVE REFORM
    • UNIFIED TELECOM LICENSE (UTL)
    • PRIVATISATION OF TELEKOM EGYPT
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
      • International gateway licences
      • International submarine cable licence
    • INTERCONNECTION
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATOR
    • TELECOM EGYPT
      • Services
        • Table Telecom Egypt fixed-line voice subscribers by sector - 2014 - 2017
      • Financial results
        • Table Telecom Egypt financial data - 2003 - 2017
        • Table Telecom Egypt residential fixed voice and broadband ARPU - 2010 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt - 1995 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt - 2010 - 2018
    • PUBLIC PAYPHONES
      • Table Public payphones by operator in Egypt - 2002 - 2014
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS (NGNS)
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Terrestrial
      • Submarine fibre
        • Table International bandwidth in Egypt - 2003 - 2016
      • Satellite
    • IT DEVELOPMENTS
      • Data service providers
      • Data centres
      • Internet gateways
      • Cairo Regional Internet Exchange (CRIX)
      • VSAT networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Free Internet project
      • National Broadband Plan
      • Public internet access locations
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Egypt - 2002 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Proportion of internet users by access technology in Egypt - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers in Egypt - 2003 - 2016
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers in Egypt - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers in Egypt - 2002 - 2017
      • Vodafone Egypt
        • Table Vodafone Egypt broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2017
      • EgyNet
      • LINKdotNET
        • Table Orange Egypt broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2017
      • Nile Online (NOL)
      • TE Data
        • Table TE DSL subscribers - 2003 - 2017
      • Other ISPs
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless broadband
      • Broadband via satellite
      • Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
    • INFORMATION HIGHWAY PROJECT
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-LEARNING
    • GLORIAD (ACADEMIC SECTOR)
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • COMMUNICATIONS
      • VoIP
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers - 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile internet and USB internet connections (regulator data) - 2009 - 2017
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2015
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast - mobile subscribers in Egypt - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third mobile licence
      • Fourth mobile licence
      • International gateways
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile numbers ported - 2008 - 2015
      • SIM card registration
      • Infrastructure sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Orange Egypt (Mobinil, ECMS)
        • Table Orange Egypt subscribers - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Orange Egypt consolidated financial results (EGP) - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Orange Egypt financial results (-) - 2012 - 2017
        • Table Orange Egypt blended monthly ARPU (-) - 2012 - 2017
      • Vodafone Egypt
        • Table Vodafone Egypt financials (£) - 2013 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone Egypt financials (EGP) - 2015 - 2016
        • Table Vodafone Egypt mobile data traffic - 2013 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone Egypt subscribers - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU - 2003 - 2017
      • Etisalat Misr
        • Table Etisalat Misr financial data - 2011 - 2017
        • Table Etisalat Misr mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2016
      • Telecom Egypt
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-banking
    • MOBILE HANDSETS

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