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Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

August 2020 | 158 pages | ID: E9D889057D3EN
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The Egypt - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Vodafone Group prepares to exit Egyptian telecom market

Supported by a population of about 95 million, Egypt has one of the largest telecom markets in North Africa. There is effective competition in most sectors, and this has been supported by the award of unified licences to allow operators to offer fixed-line as well as mobile services.

The government in recent months has endeavoured to secure billions of dollars in funding to roll out next-generation networks, develop technology parks and extend broadband availability. It is investing in broadband infrastructure to increase average download speeds to 40Mb/s by the end of 2021, and so facilitate the migration to a digital economy. It also has ambitions for the satellite sector, and has ambitious plans for developing smart infrastructure, including the New Administrative Capital east of Cairo, which promises to be a catalyst for an intensification in the deployment of 5G and fibre networks in coming years.

Egypt has one of the largest mobile telecom markets in Africa, with effective competition and a penetration rate of about 95%. Although the country was among the first in the region to launch 3G mobile services, the development of LTE services was delayed by the late issuing of licenses. Telecom Egypt in mid-2019 began trialling 5G and building a 5G network.

The country’s geographical position has enabled it to capitalise on the numerous cables which cross through it, interconnecting various parts of Europe with the Middle East and Asia. Egypt also has considerable domestic fibre infrastructure which can tap into cables at several points. This has helped considerably increase bandwidth availability for internet users. The extensive bandwidth, together with effective market competition, has meant that Egypt offers some of the lowest prices for DSL services on the continent.

This report outlines the major developments in the Egyptian telecom sector, including national and international network developments and covering government efforts to improve connectivity in rural and remote areas. The market also reviews the mobile market, providing statistics and profiles of the network operators as well as an assessment of the licensing regime and operator strategies relating to mobile broadband and 5G. In addition, the report assesses the fixed broadband sector, providing subscriber forecasts and reviewing the development of fibre as part of efforts to extend the availability of upgraded internet services.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:
  • Saudi Telecom makes play for majority stake in Vodafone Egypt;
  • Government planning to replace 95% of copper infrastructure with fibre by end-2020;
  • Orange Egypt secures data centre contract for the proposed new capital city;
  • Telecom Egypt and Liquid Telecom agree to expedite the roll out of fibre networks across North Africa;
  • Orange Egypt, Vodafone Egypt, Telecom Egypt sign $2 billion infrastructure sharing deal;
  • SEA-ME-WE 5 cable comes online to add additional international internet capacity;
  • Telecom Egypt contracts Nokia to develop a 5G network;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2019, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 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 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
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL AFRICA MARKET COMPARISON

2.1 TMI vs GDP
2.2 Mobile and mobile broadband
2.3 Fixed and mobile broadband

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Market analysis

6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Historical overview
6.2 Regulatory authorities
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile network developments

7 MOBILE MARKET

7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Major mobile operators
7.5 Mobile content and applications
7.6 Mobile handsets

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.4 Other fixed broadband services

9 DIGITAL ECONOMY

9.1 E-commerce
9.2 Information Highway Project
9.3 E-government
9.4 E-learning
9.5 GLORIAD (Academic sector)

10 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

10.1 Telecom Egypt
10.2 Etisalat Misr

11 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 Overview of the national telecom network
11.2 Public payphones
11.3 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
11.4 Data centres
11.5 International infrastructure
11.6 Smart infrastructure

12 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

13 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

14 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Egypt 2020 (e)
Table 2 Decline in the number of mobile number portings 2009 2017
Table 3 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 4 Development in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2014 2019
Table 5 Change in SMS traffic 2009 - 2019
Table 6 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 7 Change in the number of dedicated mobile (USB) broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2020
Table 8 Development in the number Orange Egypt's mobile subscriber base 2009 2020
Table 9 Change in Orange Egypt's financial results (EGP) 2009 2018
Table 10 Change in Orange Egypt's financial results () 2012 2020
Table 11 Development of Vodafone Egypt's financial data (?) 2014 2020
Table 12 Growth in Vodafone Egypt's financial data (EGP) 2012 2020
Table 13 Growth in Vodafone Egypt's mobile data traffic 2013 2020
Table 14 Growth in the number of Vodafone Egypt's mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Table 15 Change in Vodafone Egypt's monthly ARPU 2012 2020
Table 16 Development of Etisalat Misr's financial data 2011 2020
Table 17 Change in Etisalat Misr's revenue by segment 2017 2020
Table 18 Change in the number of Etisalat Misr's mobile subscribers 2013 2020
Table 19 Growth in the number of Telecom Egypt's mobile subscribers 2017 2020
Table 20 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 21 Growth in the number of internet users and penetration rate 2010 2020
Table 22 Growth in the number of DSL subscribers 2009 2020
Table 23 Growth in the number of Vodafone Egypt's fixed broadband subscribers 2013 2020
Table 24 Decline in the number of Orange Egypt's fixed broadband subscribers 2013 - 2020
Table 25 Growth in the number of Telecom Egypt's DSL subscribers 2010 2020
Table 26 Growth in the number of Telecom Egypt's fixed-line voice subscribers by sector 2014 2020
Table 27 Development of Telecom Egypt's financial results 2009 2020
Table 28 Change in Telecom Egypt's residential fixed voice and broadband ARPU 2010 2020
Table 29 Growth in the number of fixed lines and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 30 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2009 2019
Table 31 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Egypt 1995 2009
Table 32 Historic - International bandwidth in Egypt 2003 2009
Table 33 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Egypt 1999 2009
Table 34 Historic - Dial-up internet subscribers in Egypt 2003 2012
Table 35 Historic - DSL subscribers in Egypt 2002 2009
Table 36 Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Egypt 2002 2009
Table 37 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 2009
Table 38 Historic - Mobile numbers ported 2008 2015
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 2 North Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Africa Top-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Leaders)
Chart 4 North Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 5 North Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 North Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
Chart 7 Decline in the number of mobile number portings 2009 2017
Chart 8 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 9 Development in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2014 2019
Chart 10 Change in SMS traffic (billion) 2009 - 2019
Chart 11 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 12 Change in the number of dedicated mobile (USB) broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2020
Chart 13 Development in the number Orange Egypt's mobile subscriber base 2009 2020
Chart 14 Change in Orange Egypt's financial results (EGP) 2009 2018
Chart 15 Change in Orange Egypt's financial results () 2012 2020
Chart 16 Development of Vodafone Egypt's financial data (?) 2013 2020
Chart 17 Growth in Vodafone Egypt's financial data (EGP) 2012 2020
Chart 18 Growth in Vodafone Egypt's mobile data traffic 2013 2020
Chart 19 Growth in the number of Vodafone Egypt's mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Chart 20 Change in Vodafone Egypt's monthly ARPU 2012 2020
Chart 21 Development of Etisalat Misr's financial data 2011 2019
Chart 22 Change in Etisalat Misr's revenue by segment 2017 2020
Chart 23 Change in the number of Etisalat Misr's mobile subscribers 2013 2020
Chart 24 Growth in the number of Telecom Egypt's mobile subscribers 2017 2020
Chart 25 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 26 Growth in the number of internet users and penetration rate 2010 2020
Chart 27 Growth in the number of DSL subscribers 2009 2020
Chart 28 Growth in the number of Vodafone Egypt's fixed broadband subscribers 2013 2020
Chart 29 Decline in the number of Orange Egypt's fixed broadband subscribers 2013 - 2020
Chart 30 Growth in the number of Telecom Egypt's DSL subscribers 20010 2020
Chart 31 Growth in the number of Telecom Egypt's fixed-line voice subscribers by sector 2014 2020
Chart 32 Development of Telecom Egypt's financial results 2009 2019
Chart 33 Change in Telecom Egypt's residential fixed voice and broadband ARPU 2011 2020
Chart 34 Growth in the number of fixed lines and teledensity 2010 2025
Chart 35 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2009 2019
Exhibit 2 North Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 2Africa submarine cable
Exhibit 4 2Africa landing stations


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