Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Egypt’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major players, revenue, subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, videostreaming;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Mobile subscriber forecasts;
  • Mobile market forecasts for selective years to 2022.
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- August 2017 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Egypt’s MNOs receive LTE spectrum assignments

Supported by a population of more than 90 million, Egypt has one of the largest telecom markets in North Africa. There is effective competition in most sectors, while one key development has been the recent award of unified licences to allow operators to offer services in the fixed-line and mobile sectors. The incumbent telco Telecom Egypt, still majority owned by the State, secured one of the licenses on offer in August 2016 which allows it to offer LTE services. The three mobile network operators, after initially failing to bid for the remaining three licenses, secured them in early 2017 and received spectrum assignments in June 2017. The operators are able to offer ‘virtual’ fixed-line services hosted by telecom Egypt’s infrastructure.

The country’s political crisis following the ‘Arab Spring’ revolution which began in 2011 adversely affected the telecom sector. Although revenue has remained stable, profit margins and capital expenditure have fallen due to a weaker local currency, especially since the beginning of 2013, and international investors have shown considerable caution. The government in recent months has endeavoured to secure billions of dollars in funding to develop technology parks and to extend broadband availability, and in the process to create jobs in ICT and rekindle international investor interest.

Efforts are underway to roll out next-generation networks, offering converged IP-based voice, data and entertainment services. Egypt is well connected by several international submarine fibre optic cables, while it also has an extensive national fibre backbone and some of Africa’s most vibrant FttP deployments. The recent connections to the MENA and SE-ME-WE 5 cables have significantly improved international bandwidth, and though this has helped reduce end-user access prices the country still has among the slowest internet data rates globally.

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 in issuing spectrum.

This report outlines the major developments in the Egyptian telecom sector, including updated statistics and profiles of the main operators as well as a range of regulatory developments. It also covers the mobile market, assessing measures related to spectrum awards and licensing, as well as emerging technologies and services including mobile TV and m-banking. In addition the report analyses the broadband sector, concentrating on DSL and the nascent FttP market as well as on wireless broadband.

Key developments:

  • MNOs receive LTE licences and spectrum assignments;
  • Orange Egypt, Vodafone, Telecom Egypt sign $2 billion infrastructure sharing deal;
  • SEA-ME-WE 5 cable comes online to add additional international internet capacity;
  • Telecom Egypt extends the reach of its fibre networks; Telecom Egypt and Orange Egypt sign five-year roaming agreement with Etisalat Misr;
  • Vodafone Egypt sees subscriber recovery into 2017;
  • 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:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Historical overview
    • 2.2 Market analysis
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Historical overview
    • 3.2 Regulatory authorities
      • 3.2.1 Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
    • 3.3 New Regulatory Framework
    • 3.4 Telecommunications Master Plan
    • 3.5 Legislative reform
    • 3.6 Unified Telecom License (UTL)
    • 3.7 Privatisation of Telekom Egypt
    • 3.8 Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 3.8.1 International gateway licences
      • 3.8.2 International submarine cable licence
    • 3.9 Interconnection
  • 4. Fixed Network Operator
    • 4.1 Telecom Egypt
      • 4.1.1 Services
      • 4.1.2 Financial results
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 5.2 Public payphones
    • 5.3 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
    • 5.4 International infrastructure
      • 5.4.1 Terrestrial
      • 5.4.2 Submarine fibre
      • 5.4.3 Satellite
    • 5.5 IT developments
      • 5.5.1 Data service providers
      • 5.5.2 Data centres
      • 5.5.3 Internet gateways
      • 5.5.4 Cairo Regional Internet Exchange (CRIX)
      • 5.5.5 VSAT networks
    • 5.6 Smart infrastructure
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Free Internet project
      • 6.1.3 National Broadband Plan
      • 6.1.4 Public internet access locations
      • 6.1.5 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.6 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 6.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 6.2.1 Vodafone Egypt
      • 6.2.2 EgyNet
      • 6.2.3 LINKdotNET
      • 6.2.4 Nile Online (NOL)
      • 6.2.5 TE Data
      • 6.2.6 Other ISPs
    • 6.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6.4 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.4.1 Wireless broadband
      • 6.4.2 Broadband via satellite
      • 6.4.3 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
  • 7. Digital economy
    • 7.1 E-commerce
    • 7.2 Information Highway Project
    • 7.3 E-government
    • 7.4 E-learning
    • 7.5 GLORIAD (Academic sector)
  • 8. Digital media
    • 8.1 Videostreaming
    • 8.2 Communications
      • 8.2.1 VoIP
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile data
      • 9.2.3 Mobile broadband
      • 9.2.4 Forecasts – mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Third mobile licence
      • 9.3.2 Fourth mobile licence
      • 9.3.3 International gateways
      • 9.3.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
      • 9.3.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.6 SIM card registration
      • 9.3.7 Infrastructure sharing
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Digital networks
      • 9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Orange Egypt (Mobinil, ECMS)
      • 9.5.2 Vodafone Egypt
      • 9.5.3 Etisalat Misr
      • 9.5.4 Telecom Egypt
    • 9.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.6.1 m-banking
    • 9.7 Mobile handsets
    • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2017 (Mar)
    • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2017
    • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2016
    • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (Mar)
    • Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
    • Table 8 – ICT contribution to GDP in Egypt – 2011 - 2017
    • Table 9 – Average price for telecom services in Egypt – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 10 – Telecom Egypt fixed-line voice subscribers by sector – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 11 – Telecom Egypt financial data – 2003 - 2017
    • Table 12 – Telecom Egypt residential fixed voice and broadband ARPU – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 13 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt – 1995 - 2009
    • Table 14 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 15 – Public payphones by operator in Egypt – 2002 - 2014
    • Table 16 – International bandwidth in Egypt – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 17 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Egypt – 2002 - 2018
    • Table 18 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt – 1999 - 2009
    • Table 19 – Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 20 – Proportion of internet users by access technology in Egypt – 2009 - 2014
    • Table 21 – Dial-up internet subscribers in Egypt – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 22 – Forecast broadband subscribers in Egypt – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • Table 23 – DSL subscribers in Egypt – 2002 - 2017
    • Table 24 – Vodafone Egypt broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2017
    • Table 25 – Orange Egypt broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2017
    • Table 26 – TE DSL subscribers – 2003 - 2017
    • Table 27 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2009
    • Table 28 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 29 – Mobile market share of subscribers – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 30 – Mobile internet and USB internet connections (regulator data) – 2009 - 2017
    • Table 31 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 32 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 33 – Forecast – mobile subscribers in Egypt – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • Table 34 – Mobile numbers ported – 2008 - 2015
    • Table 35 – Orange Egypt subscribers – 2000 - 2017
    • Table 36 – Orange Egypt consolidated financial results (EGP) – 2002 - 2017
    • Table 37 – Orange Egypt financial results (€) – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 38 – Orange Egypt blended monthly ARPU (€) – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 39 – Vodafone Egypt financials (£) – 2013 - 2017
    • Table 40 – Vodafone Egypt financials (EGP) – 2015 - 2016
    • Table 41 – Vodafone Egypt mobile data traffic – 2013 - 2017
    • Table 42 – Vodafone Egypt subscribers – 2000 - 2017
    • Table 43 – Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU – 2003 - 2017
    • Table 44 – Etisalat Misr financial data – 2011 - 2017
    • Table 45 – Etisalat Misr mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2016
    • Chart 1 – Telecom Egypt key performance indicators – 2003 – 2017
    • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt – 2005 - 2018
    • Chart 3 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Egypt – 2002 – 2018
    • Chart 4 – Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt – 2003 - 2018
    • Chart 5 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2018
    • Chart 6 – Orange Egypt financial results (EGP) – 2002 – 2017

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