Market Research Logo

Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

New mobile and fixed-line licences may be tendered in 2013

Despite some restrictions and censorship, which culminated in the 2011 political and social unrest, Egypt is one of the most developed Internet markets in Africa in terms of users, international bandwidth and services offered. The country was again ranked fourth among African countries in the &lsquo ; Networked Readiness Index&rsquo ; of the Davos World Economic Forum&rsquo ; s 2011/12 Global Information Technology Report. It is well connected through national and international fibre infrastructure and one of Africa&rsquo ; s first Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) deployments. Egypt also has some of the lowest prices for DSL services on the continent, the result of a highly competitive sector with more than 150 Internet and data service providers.

The strongest growth is currently seen in mobile broadband services, which offers the network operators new revenue streams in an environment of falling average revenue per user (ARPU). All three operators have also acquired controlling stakes in leading data and Internet service providers.

Egypt became one of the first countries in Africa to launch 3G mobile services, following the award of the country&rsquo ; s third mobile licence in 2006. The record price that was paid for the licence indicated the potential that is seen in the Egyptian mobile market, and the penetration rate has indeed multiplied since then and broke the 100% barrier in 2011. A fourth mobile licence may be tendered in 2013.

Egypt also has the largest fixed-line market in Africa and the Arab region, with a highly profitable incumbent telco (Telecom Egypt) which was partially privatised through an IPO. A second national fixed-line licence tendered in 2009 received strong interest from international bidders, but the process has been postponed to at least 2013. Instead, two regionally limited triple-play licences for fixed-line voice, high-speed broadband and pay-TV services were issued in 2010. Efforts are underway to roll out next-generation networks, offering converged IP-based voice, data and entertainment services.

Market highlights:

Mobile penetration has broken the 100% barrier ;
Decline in fixed-line subscriptions continues ;
Mobile ARPU continues to fall ;
Some of the lowest broadband and mobile tariffs in Africa ;
More than 60% annual growth in mobile broadband subscriptions ;
New mobile or fixed-line licences may be tendered in 2013.

Estimated market penetration rates in Egypt&rsquo ; s telecoms sector ; end-2012
Market
Penetration rate
Mobile
115%
Fixed
10%
Internet
44%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)


1. Key Statistics
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Egypt’s telecom market
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Background
3.2 Creation of a new regulatory framework
3.3 Telecommunications Master Plan
3.4 Legislative reform
3.5 Regulatory authority
3.5.1 National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority
3.5.2 Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
3.6 Telecom sector liberalisation in Egypt
3.6.1 International gateway licences
3.6.2 International submarine cable licence
3.6.3 Second fixed-line licence
3.6.4 Triple-play licences
3.6.5 Fourth mobile licence
3.7 Privatisation of Telecom Egypt
3.8 Interconnection
3.9 Tariffs
4. Fixed Network Market
4.1 Fixed network operators in Egypt
4.1.1 Telecom Egypt
4.1.2 Orascom Telecom
4.2 Fixed voice market
4.2.1 National and international call traffic
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.2 Fixed-line statistics
5.3 Public payphones
5.4 Wireless local loop (WLL)
5.5 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
5.6 FttH
5.7 International infrastructure
5.7.1 Terrestrial
5.7.2 Submarine fibre
5.7.3 Satellite
6. Internet Market
6.1 Overview
6.2 Internet statistics
6.3 Free Internet project
6.4 Affordable Personal Computer (APC) programs
6.5 E-schools
6.6 Public Internet access locations
6.6.1 Multipurpose Community Telecentres (MCTs)
6.7 ISP and data service providers in Egypt
6.7.1 Data service operators
6.7.2 Data centres
6.7.3 ISP market
6.7.4 Internet gateways
6.7.5 Cairo Regional Internet Exchange (CRIX)
6.7.6 VSAT networks
7. Broadband Market
7.1 Broadband initiative
7.2 DSL
7.3 Wireless broadband
7.3.1 WiFi
7.3.2 WiMAX
7.3.3 CDMA2000 1x EV-DO
7.4 Broadband via satellite
7.5 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
7.6 Convergence
7.6.1 VoIP telephony
7.6.2 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
7.6.3 IPTV
8. Digital Media
8.1 E-commerce
8.1.1 E-commerce initiatives
8.1.2 E-commerce legislation
8.2 Information Highway Project
8.3 E-government
8.4 E-learning
8.5 GLORIAD (Academic sector)
9. Mobile Communications
9.1 Overview of Egypt’s mobile market
9.1.1 Telecom Egypt’s mobile deal
9.1.2 Third mobile licence
9.1.3 Fourth mobile licence
9.1.4 Mobile statistics
9.2 Regulatory issues
9.2.1 Tariffs
9.2.2 International gateways
9.2.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.2.4 Registration of user details
9.2.5 GPS ban
9.3 Major mobile operators
9.3.1 Mobinil (ECMS)
9.3.2 Vodafone Egypt
9.3.3 Etisalat Misr
9.4 Mobile voice services
9.4.1 Prepaid services
9.4.2 Satellite mobile
9.4.3 Mobile VoIP
9.5 Mobile data services
9.5.1 SMS
9.5.2 MMS
9.5.3 WAP
9.5.4 GPRS and EDGE
9.5.5 Mobile TV
9.6 3G mobile broadband
9.7 Mobile content and applications
9.7.1 Mobile banking
10. Forecasts
10.1 Forecasts – internet users 2013; 2016
10.2 Forecasts – mobile subscribers 2013; 2016
10.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
11. Glossary of Abbreviations
Lists
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012
Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2012
Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2012
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2012
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2012
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2012
Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 – Telecom Egypt key performance indicators – 2003 - 2011
Table 9 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2012
Table 10 – Public payphones by operator – 2002 - 2012
Table 11 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
Table 12 – DSL subscribers in Egypt, total vs TE – 2002 - 2012
Table 13 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2012
Table 14 – Mobinil active subscribers – 2000 - 2012
Table 15 – Mobinil financial results – 2002 - 2011
Table 16 – Mobinil blended monthly ARPU – 2002 - 2012
Table 17 – Vodafone Egypt subscribers – 2000 - 2012
Table 18 – Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU – 2003 - 2012
Table 19 – Forecast Internet users – 2013; 2016
Table 20 – Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2012
Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – Major licences issued in Egypt – 2012
Exhibit 2 – Data service provider licences in Egypt with year of issue
Exhibit 3 – An analysis of Egypt’s third mobile licence valuation
Exhibit 4 – Vodafone Egypt’s public listing and delisting

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report