2014 Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

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Last updated: 7 Jul 2014 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 58

Analyst: Peter Lange

Publication Overview

This annual report provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of trends and developments in Egypt’s telecommunications market, including forecasts. Subjects covered include:

  • Key statistics;
  • Market and industry overviews;
  • The impact of the global economic crisis;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
  • Infrastructure development;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Internet development and growth;
  • Broadband, including 3G mobile
  • Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile);
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU), fixed and mobile;
  • Forecasts for the mobile and Internet market to 2015 and 2018.

Researcher:- Peter Lange
Current publication date:- July 2014 (13th Edition)

Executive Summary

New unified licensing regime for fixed and mobile networks

Despite some restrictions and censorship, Egypt is one of the most developed Internet markets in Africa in terms of users, international bandwidth and services offered. The country is well connected through national and international fibre infrastructure and some of Africa’s first Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) deployments. It also has some of the lowest prices for DSL broadband services on the continent, the result of a highly competitive sector with more than 150 Internet and data service providers. Subscriber growth slowed only briefly at the beginning of the country’s political crisis in 2011, but Egypt was again ranked fourth among African countries in the ‘Networked Readiness Index’ of the Davos World Economic Forum’s 2013 Global Information Technology Report. However, it slipped to seventh place in 2014.

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). The country’s telecom regulator is preparing to issue Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) licences, with fixed-line operator Telecom Egypt (TE) standing ready to enter the market. In return, the mobile network operators will gain access to TE’s fixed-line infrastructure under a unified licensing regime. 4G/LTE licences are planned for 2016.

Egypt also has the largest fixed-line market in Africa and the Arab region, with a profitable incumbent telco which has been partially privatised through an IPO. However, the country’s political crisis has not left the sector unaffected: Revenue has actually risen in certain segments, but profit margins and capital expenditure are down due to a weaker local currency, especially since the beginning of 2013.

Companies covered in this report:

Alcatel; Alkan Communications; Batelco; EgyNet; Egypt Network; EgyptSat; Equant; Ericsson; Etisalat Misr; Huawei Technologies; Inmarsat; Internet Egypt; Iridium; iSkySat; JumpTV; LINKdotNET; Lucent Technologies; Menanet; Menatel; Mobinil (ECMS - France Telecom/Orange); MobiServe; NEC; Nile Online; NilePhone; Nokia-Siemens; Noor; Nortel Networks; Orascom; PLC International; Qualcomm; Raya Telecom; Soficom; StormSat Egypt; TE Data; Telecom Egypt; Thuraya; Vodafone Egypt; Yalla; ZTE; Zhone Technologies.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

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