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


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

Egypt’s newly lit MENA subsea cable adds to bandwidth capacity

Egypt’s political crisis in recent years has adversely affected the telecom sector. Although revenue has remained stable, profit margins and capital expenditure have fallen due to a weaker local currency, while international investors have shown caution. This has prompted the government in recent months 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.

Previously abandoned plans for a second fixed-line licence and a fourth mobile licence have been revived, taking the form of unified licences which will give Telecom Egypt the right to operate mobile services, while mobile network operators will gain access to the former’s fixed-line infrastructure. Though these licenses were agreed to in April 2014, numerous delays have ensued though further progress was made in September 2015.

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 vibrant FttP deployments.
In the mobile sector there is effective competition between Etisalat Misr, Vodafone Egypt and Mobinil. SIM card penetration has increased rapidly since the third mobile licence was issued in 2006, and approached 118% by the end of 2015. The strongest growth is currently in mobile broadband. Licences to provide services based on LTE technologies are expected to be awarded in 2016, and this will go far in improving mobile broadband services in regional areas.

Egypt also 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 myriad of cables which cross through it, interconnecting various parts of Europe with the Middle East and Asia. The MENA subsea cable came into commercial use in late 2015, augmenting the country’s considerable international bandwidth.

This report outlines the major developments in Egypt’s telecom market, providing statistics and profiles of the major operators, as well as data on national and international infrastructure. The report also outlines trends in the broadband, mobile and digital media sectors, including recent developments with licensing and regulatory matters.

Key developments:

Orascom Telecom’s MENA submarine cable becomes operational;
Mobinil, Vodafone, Telecom Egypt sign $2 billion infrastructure sharing deal;
Telecom Egypt approved for Unified Telecom Licence;
Consortium signs contract to build the EA-ME-WE 5 cable;
Mobinil begins to rebrand as Orange;
LTE spectrum auction planned for 2016;
Telecom Egypt extends the reach of its fibre networks;
Continuing strong growth of DSL and mobile broadband;
Economic recovery shown in e-commerce market growth;
Report updates include the regulator’s market data updates to July 2015, telcos’ operational and financial data to Q3 2015, 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, Mobinil (ECMS, Orascom Global Telecom Holding), Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat Misr, Thuraya, Iridium, Inmarsat, Alkan Communications, EgyptSat, MobiServe, 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.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2015
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority
      • Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
    • NEW REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MASTER PLAN
    • LEGISLATIVE REFORM
    • UNIFIED TELECOM LICENSE (UTL)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
      • Table Major licences issued in Egypt - 2013
      • International gateway licences
      • International submarine cable licence
      • Local loop unbundling (LLU, ULL)
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • TARIFFS
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • TELECOM EGYPT
      • Network infrastructure
      • Wireless local loop (WLL)
      • Services
      • Wholesale
      • Financial results
        • Table Telecom Egypt key performance indicators - 2003 - 2015
        • Table Telecom Egypt fixed voice vs. data ARPU - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Telecom Egypt fixed line ARPU by sector - 2012 - 2015
      • Privatisation
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt - 2005 - 2015
    • PUBLIC PAYPHONES
      • Table Public payphones by operator in Egypt - 2002 - 2014
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS (NGN)
    • SMART GRID INFRASTRUCTURE
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Terrestrial
      • Submarine fibre
        • Table International bandwidth in Egypt - 2003 - 2015
      • Satellite
    • IT DEVELOPMENTS
      • Data service providers
        • Table Data service provider licences in Egypt with year of issue
      • Data centres
      • Internet gateways
      • Cairo Regional Internet Exchange (CRIX)
      • VSAT networks
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Free Internet project
      • Affordable Personal Computer (APC) programs
      • E-schools
      • Public internet access locations
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Egypt - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt - 1999 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of internet users by access technology in Egypt - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Dial-up internet subscribers in Egypt - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration in Egypt - 2003 - 2015
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2015; 2017; 2020
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers in Egypt - 2015; 2017; 2020
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers in Egypt, total vs TE - 2002 - 2015
      • Vodafone Egypt
        • Table Vodafone Egypt broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2015
      • EgyNet
      • LINKdotNET
        • Table Mobinil broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2015
      • Nile Online (NOL)
      • TE Data
        • Table TE DSL subscribers - 2009 - 2014
      • Other ISPs
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Wireless broadband
      • Broadband via satellite
      • Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • SOCIAL MEDIA
    • COMMUNICATIONS
      • VoIP
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
      • E-commerce initiatives
      • E-commerce legislation
    • INFORMATION HIGHWAY PROJECT
    • E-GOVERNMENT
      • Table Type of activity by government/businesses via the internet in Egypt - 2014
      • Table Type of internet connection by government/businesses in Egypt - 2014
    • E-LEARNING
    • GLORIAD (ACADEMIC SECTOR)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers - 2014 - 2015
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2015
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2015; 2017; 2020
        • Table Forecast - mobile subscribers in Egypt - 2015; 2018
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third mobile licence
      • Fourth mobile licence
      • MVNO licences
      • International gateways
      • Mobile termination rates (MTR)
        • Table Mobile termination rates (MTR) in Egypt - 2013
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • SIM card registration
      • GPS ban
      • Foreign ownership
      • Infrastructure sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • Mobile VoIP
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Mobinil (ECMS)
        • Table Mobinil subscribers - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Mobinil financial results (EGP) - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Mobinil financial results (€) - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Mobinil blended monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2013
        • Table Mobinil blended monthly ARPU (€) - 2012 - 2014
      • Vodafone Egypt
        • Table Vodafone Egypt financials (£) - 2013 - 2015
        • Table Vodafone Egypt subscribers - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU - 2003 - 2015
      • Etisalat Misr
        • Table Etisalat Misr financial data - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Etisalat Misr mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2015
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile TV
      • Mobile banking
    • MOBILE HANDSETS

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