Egypt Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 6 Dec 2023 Update History

Report Status: Current

Report Pages: 191

Egypt’s government looking to privatise its stakes in the telecom sector

Egypt’s large telecom market, supported by a population of about 107 million, benefits from effective competition in most sectors and by the government’s progressive policies aimed at a comprehensive digital transformation. A liberal regulatory regime allows for unified licenses which permit operators to offer fixed-line as well as mobile services.

In recent years the government has developed a number of digital migration projects aimed at increasing average broadband speeds, delivering fibre broadband to a wider section of the population, developing an in-house satellite program, and creating a knowledge-based economy through the greater adoption of ICTs. The New Administrative Capital being built by the Administrative Capital For Urban Development (ACUD) is only one of more than a dozen smart city projects, which together are stimulating investment in 5G and fibre broadband, as well as the adoption of IoT and AI solutions. The country is a significant ICT hub in the North Africa and Middle East regions, a status strengthened by the country being well positioned for international submarine cable running between Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Egypt’s mature mobile market has one of the highest penetration rates in Africa. Progress in the adoption of mobile data services was for many years hampered by the lack of sufficient spectrum, though the regulator addressed this in 2022 by making available spectrum in the 2.6GHz band. This additional spectrum has gone far to enabling the MNOs to improve the quality of mobile broadband services offered.

Key developments:

  • Government prepares to issue 5G licences.
  • Telecom Egypt contracts for more cable systems, increasing internet capacity to the Red Sea, the Balkans, and Central Europe.
  • Government looking to sell its entire stake in Vodafone Egypt.
  • Telecom regulator fines MNOs EGP52 million for QoS violations in 2023.
  • Telecom Egypt starts work on expanding its Tier III Regional Data Hub data centre.
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2023, government’s ICT indicators to June 2023, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2023, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of the pandemic on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Egypt, Menatel, NilePhone, Raya Telecom, Orange Egypt (Mobinil, ECMS, Orascom Telecom, Global Telecom Holding), Vodafone Egypt, etisalat by e& (Etisalat Misr), Thuraya, Iridium, Inmarsat, Alkan Communications, EgyptSat, MobiServe, EgyNet, LINKdotNET, Nile Online, Yalla, Equant, Noor, Vodafone Data (Raya Telecom), Batelco, Soficom, Egypt Network, Internet Egypt, MenaNet, MenaSat, iSkySat, StormSat Egypt, PLC International

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