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 of about 94%. Although the country was among the first countries in the region to launch 3G mobile services, the development of LTE services was delayed by the late issuing of licenses. Telecom Egypt in August 2016 received the country’s first unified services licence, which allowed it to offer LTE services, while the remaining three MNOs (Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat Misr) followed after having disputed the terms associated with the LTE licences offered. Commercial LTE services were launched in late 2017 under unified licences which also enabled the three network operators to offer 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 m-banking.

Key developments:

  • Telecom Egypt signs a three-year wholesale agreement with Vodafone Egypt, secures $200 million loan to expand LTE infrastructure, contracts Nokia to develop a 5G network;
  • Telecom Egypt and Vodafone Egypt sign ten-year infrastructure sharing agreement;
  • Vodafone Egypt sees continuing subscriber decline into 2019;
  • MVNO licences issued as part of new unified licensing regime;
  • Report updates include the regulator’s market updates to June 2019, telcos’ operating data to Q2 2019, 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

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • Mobile satellite
    • Mobile data
      • SMS
      • MMS
    • Mobile broadband
  • Regulatory issues

    • Third mobile licence
    • Fourth mobile licence
    • International gateways
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • SIM card registration
    • Infrastructure sharing
  • Major mobile operators

    • Orange Egypt (Mobinil, ECMS)
      • Network development
    • Vodafone Egypt
    • Etisalat Misr
    • Telecom Egypt
  • Mobile content and applications

    • m-banking
  • Mobile handsets

  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2024
  • Table 2 – Development in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Change in SMS traffic – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 4 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 5 – Change in the number of dedicated mobile (USB) broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Decline in the number of mobile number portings – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 7 – Development in the number Orange Egypt’s mobile subscriber base – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 8 – Change in Orange Egypt’s financial results (EGP) – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Change in Orange Egypt’s financial results (€) – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Development of Vodafone Egypt’s financial data (£) – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Growth in Vodafone Egypt’s financial data (EGP) – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 12 – Growth in Vodafone Egypt’s mobile data traffic – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Growth in the number of Vodafone Egypt’s mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Change in Vodafone Egypt’s monthly ARPU – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Development of Etisalat Misr’s financial data – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 16 – Change in Etisalat Misr’s revenue by segment – 2017 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Change in the number of Etisalat Misr’s mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Growth in the number of Telecom Egypt’s mobile subscribers – 2017 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 20 – Historic - Mobile numbers ported – 2008 – 2015

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 2 – Development in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 3 – Change in SMS traffic – 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 4 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 5 – Change in the number of dedicated mobile (USB) broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Decline in the number of mobile number portings – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 7 – Development in the number Orange Egypt’s mobile subscriber base – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Change in Orange Egypt’s financial results (EGP) – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Change in Orange Egypt’s financial results (€) – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 10 – Development of Vodafone Egypt’s financial data (£) – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Growth in Vodafone Egypt’s financial data (EGP) – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Growth in Vodafone Egypt’s mobile data traffic – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Growth in the number of Vodafone Egypt’s mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 14 – Change in Vodafone Egypt’s monthly ARPU – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 15 – Development of Etisalat Misr’s financial data – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 16 – Change in Etisalat Misr’s revenue by segment – 2017 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Change in the number of Etisalat Misr’s mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Growth in the number of Telecom Egypt’s mobile subscribers – 2017 – 2019

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