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

Synopsis

Egypt has one of the largest mobile telecom markets in Africa, and although it 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. Commercial services are expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2017. Although the three network operators (Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr) rejected the terms associated with the licences, Orange Egypt later secured a licence after negotiating revised terms. The licences enable providers to offer fixed-line as well as mobile voice and data services.

There is effective competition between the MNOs. Mobile penetration has increased steadily in recent years, reaching about 112% by late 2016.

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:

Regular ready to release 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 sees subscriber recovery into 2016; Ericsson completes Evolved Packet Core (EPC) system for Orange Egypt; MVNO licences issued as part of new unified licensing regime; Etisalat Misr tries again for an IPO, hoping to raise $500 million; report updates include the regulator’s market updates to September 2016, telcos’ operating data to Q4 2016, 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 - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • 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 WAP
      • 5.2.2 GPRS and EDGE
      • 5.2.3 CDMA2000 1x EV-DO
      • 5.2.4 Mobile satellite
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Orange Egypt (Mobinil, ECMS)
      • 6.1.1 Shareholder structure and dispute
      • 6.1.2 Network development
      • 6.1.3 ARPU and usage
    • 6.2 Vodafone Egypt
      • 6.2.1 Shareholder structure
    • 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 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 2 – Mobile market share of subscribers – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 3 – Mobile internet and USB internet connections (regulator data) – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 6 – Forecast – mobile subscribers in Egypt – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 7 – Mobile numbers ported – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 8 – Mobinil subscribers – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Mobinil financial results (EGP) – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Mobinil financial results (€) – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 11 – Mobinil blended monthly ARPU (€) – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Vodafone Egypt financials (£) – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Vodafone Egypt financials (EGP) – 2015 - 2016
  • Table 14 – Vodafone Egypt mobile data traffic – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Vodafone Egypt subscribers – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Etisalat Misr financial data – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 18 – Etisalat Misr mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2017
  • Chart 2 – Mobinil financial results (EGP) – 2002 – 2016
  • Exhibit 1 – Telecom Egypt’s mobile business: In and out and in again
  • Exhibit 2 – An analysis of Egypt’s third mobile licence valuation

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