Egypt progresses with digital transformation projects

Egypt progresses with digital transformation projects

Egypt’s large telecom market is supported by a population of about 103 million and benefits from effective competition in most sectors. 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 about 60% 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 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 endeavours to be a significant ICT hub in the North Africa and Middle East regions.

Egypt’s mature mobile market has one of the highest penetration rates in Africa. Progress in the adoption of mobile data services has been hampered by the lack of sufficient spectrum. To address this, the regulator in September 2020 made available 60MHz in the 2.6GHz band, though the spectrum was not allocated until late 2021. The additional spectrum will go far to enabling the MNOs to improve the quality of mobile broadband services offered. Further 5G trials are to be held later in 2022, focussed on the New Administrative Capital.

The international cable infrastructure remains an important asset for Egypt, which benefits from its geographical position. Telecom Egypt has become one of the largest concerns in this segment, being a participating member in numerous cable systems. In mid-2021 the telco announced plans to build the Hybrid African Ring Path system, connecting a number of landlocked countries in Africa with Italy, France, and Portugal. The system will partly use the company’s existing terrestrial and subsea cable networks.

Key developments:

  • Telecom regulator and the Egyptian Competition Authority jointly regulating competition promoting investment in the telecom market;
  • Government planning to connection 60 million citizens to fibre broadband;
  • Etisalat Egypt planning 5G launch in the New Administrative Capital;
  • Orange Egypt secures data centre contract for the proposed new capital city;
  • Telecom Egypt begins developing the HARP submarine cable system;
  • Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt, Telecom Egypt sign $2 billion infrastructure sharing deal;
  • Regulator releases 2.6GHz spectrum to three MNOs;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2020, government’s ICT indicators to September 2021, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2021, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of the pandemic on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

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Report title: Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Edition: January 2022

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

Number of pages: 182

Companies mentioned in the report: Telecom Egypt, Menatel, NilePhone, Raya Telecom, Orange Egypt (Mobinil, ECMS, Orascom Telecom, Global Telecom Holding), Vodafone Egypt, 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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