Egypt - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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. Nevertheless, Telecom Egypt in August 2016 received the country’s first unified services licence, which allows it to offer LTE services. The remaining three MNOs (Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr) rejected the terms associated with the LTE licences offered, but they signed up for licenses after these terms were adjusted. Commercial services are expected to be launched progressively further into 2017. The licences also enable the providers to offer virtual fixed-line services using the infrastructure of Telecom Egypt.

This report outlines the major developments in the Egyptian mobile market, including updated statistics and profiles of the operators. The report also assesses market structure and regulatory measures related to spectrum awards and licensing, as well as emerging technologies and services including mobile TV and m-banking.

Key developments:

Telecom Egypt signs five-year roaming agreement with Etisalat Misr; regular releases LTE spectrum to licensees; Central Bank of Egypt approves new regulations to encourage m-payment services; Orange Egypt contracts NEC Corporation to provide microwave radio system for LTE traffic; Vodafone Egypt sees subscriber recovery into 2017; Ericsson completes Evolved Packet Core (EPC) system for Orange Egypt; MVNO licences issued as part of new unified licensing regime; 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:

Orange Egypt (Mobinil, ECMS, Orascom Telecom, Global Telecom Holding), Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat Misr, Telecom Egypt, Thuraya, Iridium, Inmarsat, Alkan Communications, EgyptSat, MobiServe, Ericsson, Nokia Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei Technologies.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile data
      • 3.2.1 SMS
      • 3.2.2 MMS
    • 3.3 Mobile broadband
    • 3.4 Forecasts – mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
      • 3.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Third mobile licence
    • 4.2 Fourth mobile licence
    • 4.3 International gateways
    • 4.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
    • 4.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.6 SIM card registration
    • 4.7 Infrastructure sharing
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Digital networks
      • 5.1.1 3G
      • 5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.2.1 GPRS and EDGE
      • 5.2.2 CDMA2000 1x EV-DO
      • 5.2.3 Mobile satellite
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Orange Egypt (Mobinil, ECMS)
      • 6.1.1 Network development
      • 6.1.2 ARPU and usage
    • 6.2 Vodafone Egypt
    • 6.3 Etisalat Misr
    • 6.4 Telecom Egypt
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 m-banking
  • 8. Mobile handsets
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Mobile market share of subscribers – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile internet and USB internet connections (regulator data) – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 7 – Forecast – mobile subscribers in Egypt – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 8 – Mobile numbers ported – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Orange Egypt subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Orange Egypt consolidated financial results (EGP) – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Orange Egypt financial results (€) – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Orange Egypt blended monthly ARPU (€) – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Vodafone Egypt financials (£) – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Vodafone Egypt financials (EGP) – 2015 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Vodafone Egypt mobile data traffic – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Vodafone Egypt subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Etisalat Misr financial data – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Etisalat Misr mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Orange Egypt financial results (EGP) – 2002 – 2017

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