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Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

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Meta Description More than 200% annual growth in mobile broadbandDespite some restrictions and censorship, which culminated in the 2011 political
Publisher BuddeComm
Date of Report Jun 29, 2011
Quick Overview
More than 200% annual growth in mobile broadbandDespite 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 ‘Networked Readiness Index’ of the Davos World Economic Forum’s 2010/11 Global Information Technology Report. It is well connected through national and international fibre infrastructure and one of Africa’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 – Mobinil (backed by Orascom and France Telecom), Vodafone Egypt (VFE) and Etisalat – new revenue streams in an environment of falling average revenue per user (ARPU). All three have also acquired controlling stakes in leading data and Internet service providers: LINKdotNET, Raya Telecom and EgyNet.
Egypt became one of the first countries in Africa to launch 3G mobile services, following the award of the country’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 to more than 90% in early 2011. A fourth mobile licence is not planned before 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 90% barrier;Decline in fixed-line subscriptions stopped in early 2011;Mobile ARPU continues to fall;Some of the lowest broadband and mobile tariffs in Africa;More than 200% annual growth in mobile broadband subscriptions;New mobile or fixed-line licences not expected before 2013.Market penetration rates in Egypt’s telecoms sector – January 2011
Market | Penetration rate |
Mobile | 91% |
Fixed | 12% |
Internet | 30% |
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
Table of Contents

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 Operators
4.1 National and international call traffic
4.2 Telecom Egypt
4.2.1 Wholesale
4.3 Orascom Telecom
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)
8. Digital Media / Digital Economy
8.1 Convergence
8.1.1 VoIP telephony
8.1.2 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
8.1.3 IPTV
8.2 Digital Economy
8.2.1 E-commerce
8.2.2 Information Highway Project
8.2.3 E-government
8.2.4 E-learning
8.2.5 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 – fixed-line services 2013; 2016
10.2 Forecasts – Internet users 2013; 2016
10.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers 2013; 2016
10.4 Forecasts – mobile subscribers 2013; 2016
11. Glossary of Abbreviations
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2011
Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2011
Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2011
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2011
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2011
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2011
Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 – Telecom Egypt key performance indicators – 2003 - 2010
Table 9 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2012
Table 10 – Public payphones by operator – 2002 - 2009
Table 11 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
Table 12 – DSL subscribers in Egypt, total vs TE – 2002 - 2011
Table 13 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2012
Table 14 – Mobinil active subscribers – 2000 - 2011
Table 15 – Mobinil financial results – 2002 - 2011
Table 16 – Mobinil blended monthly ARPU – 2002 - 2011
Table 17 – Vodafone Egypt subscribers – 2000 - 2011
Table 18 – Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU – 2003 - 2011
Table 19 – Forecast fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers – 2013; 2016
Table 20 – Forecast Internet users – 2013; 2016
Table 21 – Forecast – fixed and mobile broadband subscribers – 2013; 2016
Table 22 – Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2010
Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2002 - 2010
Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2010
Exhibit 1 – Major licences issued in Egypt – 2010
Exhibit 3 – An analysis of Egypt’s third mobile licence valuation
Exhibit 4 – Vodafone Egypt’s public listing and delisting




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