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Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

  • July 2014
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 58 pages

New unified licensing regime for fixed and mobile networks
Despite some restrictions and censorship, Egypt is one of the most developed Internet markets in Africa in terms of users, international bandwidth and services offered. The country is well connected through national and international fibre infrastructure and some of Africa’s first Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) deployments. It also has some of the lowest prices for DSL broadband services on the continent, the result of a highly competitive sector with more than 150 Internet and data service providers. Subscriber growth slowed only briefly at the beginning of the country’s political crisis in 2011, but Egypt was again ranked fourth among African countries in the ‘Networked Readiness Index’ of the Davos World Economic Forum’s 2013 Global Information Technology Report. However, it slipped to seventh place in 2014.

The strongest growth is currently seen in mobile broadband services, which offers the network operators new revenue streams in an environment of falling average revenue per user (ARPU). The country’s telecom regulator is preparing to issue Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) licences, with fixed-line operator Telecom Egypt (TE) standing ready to enter the market. In return, the mobile network operators will gain access to TE’s fixed-line infrastructure under a unified licensing regime. 4G/LTE licences are planned for 2016.
Egypt also has the largest fixed-line market in Africa and the Arab region, with a profitable incumbent telco which has been partially privatised through an IPO. However, the country’s political crisis has not left the sector unaffected: Revenue has actually risen in certain segments, but profit margins and capital expenditure are down due to a weaker local currency, especially since the beginning of 2013.

Companies covered in this report:

Alcatel; Alkan Communications; Batelco; EgyNet; Egypt Network; EgyptSat; Equant; Ericsson; Etisalat Misr; Huawei Technologies; Inmarsat; Internet Egypt; Iridium; iSkySat; JumpTV; LINKdotNET; Lucent Technologies; Menanet; Menatel; Mobinil (ECMS - France Telecom/Orange); MobiServe; NEC; Nile Online; NilePhone; Nokia-Siemens; Noor; Nortel Networks; Orascom; PLC International; Qualcomm; Raya Telecom; Soficom; StormSat Egypt; TE Data; Telecom Egypt; Thuraya; Vodafone Egypt; Yalla; ZTE; Zhone Technologies.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

Table Of Contents

Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts
1. Key Statistics
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Egypt's telecom market
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 Background
3.2 Creation of a new regulatory framework
3.3 Telecommunications Master Plan
3.4 Legislative reform
3.5 Regulatory authority
3.5.1 National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority
3.5.2 Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
3.6 Telecom sector liberalisation in Egypt
3.6.1 International gateway licences
3.6.2 International submarine cable licence
3.6.3 Second fixed-line licence, unified licences
3.6.4 Triple-play licences
3.6.5 Fourth mobile licence
3.6.6 Local loop unbundling (LLU, ULL)
3.7 Interconnection
3.8 Tariffs
4. Fixed Network Market
4.1 Telecom Egypt
4.1.1 Network infrastructure
4.1.2 Wireless local loop (WLL)
4.1.3 Services
4.1.4 Wholesale
4.1.5 Financial results
4.1.6 Privatisation
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.2 Public payphones
5.3 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
5.4 FttH
5.5 International infrastructure
5.5.1 Terrestrial
5.5.2 Submarine fibre
5.5.3 Satellite
6. Internet Market
6.1 Overview
6.2 Internet statistics
6.3 Free Internet project
6.4 Affordable Personal Computer (APC) programs
6.5 E-schools
6.6 Public Internet access locations
6.6.1 Multipurpose Community Telecentres (MCTs)
6.7 Facebook and LinkedIn
6.8 ISP and data service providers in Egypt
6.8.1 Data service operators
6.8.2 Data centres
6.8.3 ISP market
6.8.4 Internet gateways
6.8.5 Cairo Regional Internet Exchange (CRIX)
6.8.6 VSAT networks
7. Broadband Market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Broadband initiative
7.1.2 DSL
7.1.3 Wireless broadband
7.1.4 Broadband via satellite
7.1.5 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
7.2 Convergence
7.2.1 VoIP telephony
7.2.2 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
7.2.3 IPTV
7.3 Digital Economy
7.3.1 E-commerce
7.3.2 Information Highway Project
7.3.3 E-government
7.3.4 E-learning
7.3.5 GLORIAD (Academic sector)
8. Mobile Communications
8.1 Overview of Egypt's mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.2 Regulatory issues
8.2.1 Third mobile licence
8.2.2 Fourth mobile licence
8.2.3 MVNO licences
8.2.4 International gateways
8.2.5 Mobile termination rates (MTR)
8.2.6 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.2.7 SIM card registration
8.2.8 GPS ban
8.2.9 Foreign ownership
8.2.10 Infrastructure sharing
8.3 Major mobile operators
8.3.1 Mobinil (ECMS)
8.3.2 Vodafone Egypt
8.3.3 Etisalat Misr
8.4 Mobile voice services
8.4.1 Prepaid services
8.4.2 Satellite mobile
8.4.3 Mobile VoIP
8.5 Mobile data services
8.5.1 SMS
8.5.2 MMS
8.5.3 WAP
8.5.4 GPRS and EDGE
8.6 3G mobile broadband
8.6.1 4G/LTE
8.7 Mobile content and applications
8.7.1 Mobile TV
8.7.2 Mobile banking
9. Forecasts
9.1 Forecasts Internet users 2015; 2018
9.2 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2015; 2018
Table 1 Country statistics 2014
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2014
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2014
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 5 Broadband statistics December 2013
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 Telecom Egypt key performance indicators 2003 - 2014
Table 9 Telecom Egypt fixed voice vs. data ARPU 2010 - 2013
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt 1995 - 2014
Table 11 Public payphones by operator in Egypt 2002 - 2013
Table 12 Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt 1999 - 2014
Table 13 DSL subscribers in Egypt, total vs TE 2002 - 2014
Table 14 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Egypt 2000 - 2014
Table 15 Mobile termination rates (MTR) in Egypt 2013
Table 16 Mobinil subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 17 Mobinil financial results 2002 - 2013
Table 18 Mobinil blended monthly ARPU 2002 - 2013
Table 19 Vodafone Egypt subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 20 Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU 2003 - 2014
Table 21 Forecast Internet users in Egypt 2015; 2018
Table 22 Forecast mobile subscribers in Egypt 2015; 2018
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt 2000 - 2014
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt 2002 - 2014
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Egypt 2002 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Major licences issued in Egypt 2013
Exhibit 3 Telecom Egypt's mobile business: In and out and in again
Exhibit 4 An analysis of Egypt's third mobile licence valuation
Exhibit 5 Vodafone Egypt's public listing and delisting

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