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Chapter | Telecoms & IT1 from The Report: Egypt 2017

As of the end of 2016, Egypt’s telecommunications sector was strongly positioned for future growth. With more than 95m mobile subscribers, the nation’s three mobile telecoms providers – namely Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat Misr and Orange Egypt – are investing heavily in network expansion, quality of service improvements and new technologies. This has accelerated in recent months, following the National Telecom Regulatory Authority issuance of four 4G LTE licences in mid-2016. While the licensing of 4G LTE service providers in Egypt bodes well for consumers, the operators face a tightening competitive environment. Furthermore, all three mobile operators report relatively narrow margins and various infrastructure-related challenges, while mobile data – and smartphone usage – is still seeing slow uptake. The steady advance of ICT over the past decade has left Egypt’s tech industry in a strong position, despite the nation’s ongoing economic and political challenges. The country has seen a significant rise in internet penetration in recent years, as a result of growing usage among middle-class Egyptians and the business community, rapidly expanding international bandwidth, as well as the accompanying lower tariffs. While Egypt’s strong fundamentals, state-led support programmes and large tech-savvy workforce bode well for the future of the domestic ICT industry, numerous challenges lie ahead. For example, the overall impact of the recent issuance of a new mobile telecoms license to Telecom Egypt (TE), the state-owned, fixed-line operator has yet to be realised, although many market watchers expect TE to significantly increase its infrastructure investments in the coming years. This chapter contains an interview with Ashraf Sabry, CEO, Fawry.
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State investment in infrastructure and high consumer spending forecasts are set to drive growth in Indonesia’s ICT sector.

 

In October and November 2016, three of Egypt’s main mobile telecommunications operators – namely Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat Misr and Orange Egypt – signed 4G LTE licence agreements with the country’s telecoms regulator, the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA). This embrace of new, high-speed mobile technology by the nation’s...

 

To what extent have efforts to increase cashless transactions in Egypt been successful?

 

As of the end of 2016, Egypt’s telecommunications sector was strongly positioned for future growth. With more than 95m mobile subscribers, many of whom are young, the nation’s three mobile telecoms providers – namely Vodafone Egypt, Etisalat Misr and Orange Egypt – are investing heavily in network expansion, quality of service improvements and...

 

The steady advance of ICT over the past decade has left Egypt’s tech industry in a strong position, despite the nation’s ongoing economic and political challenges. The country has seen a significant rise in internet penetration in recent years, as a result of growing usage among middle class Egyptians and the business community, rapidly...

 

In mid-August 2016 the European Outsourcing Association (EOA) announced that Egypt had been shortlisted for Outsourcing Destination of the Year. The Arab Republic was one of only four countries to make the list, alongside Belarus, Fiji and Sri Lanka. For many local BPO firms currently operating in the country, Egypt’s status as a major centre...