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The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) launches eMisr National Broadband Plan”
11/17/2011

The National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has launched and adopted the new ICT strategy for broadband: “eMisr National Broadband Plan” to attract more investments, create new job opportunities and gain a financial return on GDP. This significant Plan has been launched in light of the changes Egypt is passing through and within the framework of the huge demand to increase the Internet speed and the quality of services provided online, not to mention the growing desire of the consumers to have access to visual content, news, and multimedia services.

H.E. Dr Mohammed Salem, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has stated that the implementation of the new Broadband Strategy in Egypt is considered an important step that will enable Egypt to achieve its goals through the implementation of the Ministry's strategy. This strategy aims to attain a shift toward a full-fledged digital society in Egypt in cooperation with other sectors in other ministries, entities, and bodies that provide all societal services that rely at large on information technology and communications. These sectors include education, health, e-government, electronic voting, e-commerce and others. In fact, all these sectors need an infrastructure to provide broadband services and develop appropriate applications that address the citizens’ needs.

Dr. Salem has pointed out that it is expected that the implementation of the new National Plan will pump new investments amounting to $ 2.4 billion, in order to implement the Plan’s targets till the year 2015. These investments include the private sector’s contributions in addition to the State’s participation with the aim of developing ICT infrastructure. It is expected that these investments will have a positive impact on the Egyptian economy in terms of productivity (GDP) and creation of new job opportunities. The World Bank studies indicate that it is expected that the average job opportunities to be directly created annually will reach 11,000 jobs, in addition to indirect job opportunities in other sectors. Moreover, this will lead to an increase in GDP with a total cumulative value amounting to LE 24.9 (4.17 billion U.S. dollars) over four years, in addition to the ICT sector’s direct contribution in the total GDP.

Dr. Amr Badawi, NTRA’s Executive President, has stated that “eMisr National Broadband Plan” is a new short-term and long-range national plan that aims to deploy Broadband Internet services. It comprises of strategic alternatives to meet the the citizens’ various needs and roll out networks capable to provide these services. It also aims to create an advanced and dynamic atmosphere capable to attract domestic and international investments in addition to the attainment of economic growth in the Egyptian market.

The strategic targets of “eMisr National Broadband Plan” aim to enable Egypt to attain a leading and pioneering position in the field of digital telecommunications, stimulate economic growth on the national level and consolidate social cohesion in addition to augment job opportunities and coordinate efforts with other sectors of the Egyptian government in order to raise the living standard and ameliorate quality of life for all citizens and eventually bridge the digital divide in Egypt.

Dr.  Badawi has pointed out that the implementation of “eMisr National Broadband Plan” will be carried out through three phases. The first phase will pivot on the service availability and the expansion of geographic coverage of the broadband technologies infrastructure. As for the second phase, it will be based on increasing the service deployment and usage. In fact, it aims to increase the subscriber base in the Broadband service. This is crucial and essential to the attainment of the required target that leads to sustainable growth of the Internet market in Egypt. The third phase focuses on the keenness to provide the citizens in underserved areas and non-attractive areas for investment with the means that enable them to access broadband services, hence reduce the digital divide in Egypt.

In order to achieve these national targets, some of the constraints and barriers that hinder sustained development of Broadband should be eliminated. These constraints include: 1) the limited effective competition in fixed Broadband survices; 2) the lack of appropriate infrastructure, 3) illegal connections, 4) the civil procedures for the establishment of infrastructure and issuance of the necessary permits, 5) the ability to bear the service costs; 6 ) illiteracy, 7) e-illiteracy and 8) the availability of local content.

It is worth mentioning that the NTRA carried out studies, consultations, workshops, meetings and joint studies with companies operating in the field of telecommunications and the Internet in Egypt, in collaboration with international entities and institutions. All these efforts aimed to examine all dimensions of the new national plan in order to determine the users’ ability to bear the costs of broadband services in Egypt, draft an analytical model of Broadband market growth, study the stimulating means of the market and technologies expected to be used and the economic feasibility of the implementation of these technologies.

In addition, the NTRA conducted joint studies with the World Bank in two phases as per an agreement signed with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the NTRA. In the first phase, the strategic alternatives, upon which the decision makers have been relying throughout the world to promote the broadband service deployment, were studied. The second phase dealt with detailed studies of the Egyptian situation in order to study the expected impact of broadband services deployment on the GDP and the creation of new job opportunities in Egypt.

In fact, “eMisr National Broadband Plan”comprises two phases. The first phase, which was announced today (17 November 2011) is 'a framework for the development of broadband Internet,' as it includes proposals and strategic options to attain the national goals set forth in the plan. As for the second phase, it includes the issuance of a plan of action that comprises a set of executive and operational procedures based on the strategic alternatives and the time-schedules of their implementation. It is expected that the implementation will commence in the second quarter of 2012.

Short & Long-Term Targets of “eMisr National

Broadband Plan

 

Targets

Short term (2015)

Long term (2021)

 

Availability Targets

Fixed Services

The geographical coverage of the networks of fixed broadband services will amount to 75 % of Egyptian households (2 Mbps)

 

The geographical coverage of the networks of fixed broadband services will amount to 90 % of Egyptian households (25 Mbps

 

Mobile Services

98% of population are 3G covered

90% of population are 3G covered

are 4G/LTE covered

 

 

 

 

Penetration Targets

Fixed Services

4.5 million (~22%) Egyptian households  are subscribed to broadband services in 2015

9 million (~40 %) Egyptian households  are subscribed to broadband services in 2021

 

Mobile Services

8 million subscribers (~10% of Egyptian population) of mobile broadband services

14 million subscribers (~15 % of Egyptian population) of mobile broadband services

 

 

 

 

 

Social/National Targets

 

 

      50% of Egyptian governmental or service entities are connected to 25Mbps.

      50% of 3rd level localities in Egypt are served with at least one Public Access Point with 25 Mbps

 

 

 

 

 

 

      100 % of Egyptian governmental or service entities are connected to 25Mbps.

      Each 3rd level locality in Egypt is served with at least one Public Access Point with 25 Mbps.