More Africa NewsTelecom Egypt will connect 1,413 villages to optical fiber

September 7, 2021by myles0

In January 2019, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi initiated the “Decent Life” project to improve life in rural areas. In the telecoms segment, major projects are currently underway in twenty governorates.

The incumbent telecommunications operator, Telecom Egypt, has started connecting 1,413 villages in twenty governorates to fiber optics. The objective is to ensure access of nearly 70% of the Egyptian population, or more than 58.5 million people, to high-speed Internet. On Wednesday September 1, Adel Hamed, CEO of Telecom Egypt, made a field survey, particularly in the villages of Tafahnaal-azab and Nahtay, in the governorate of Gharbia, to inquire about the progress Works.

He explained that this telecommunications infrastructure development project, the largest ever in the country, will help reduce the digital divide between urban and rural populations. Above all, it will support the participation of the entire Egyptian population in the digital economy towards which the country is tending.

The connection by Telecom Egypt of the villages to broadband is part of the “Decent Life” Initiative launched on January 2, 2019 by the President of the Republic Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to improve the living conditions of Egyptians. The Telecoms segment, managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, plans, beyond the deployment of optical fiber, the deployment of 1,000 telecom towers and the modernization of 900 post offices by the end of the year. The overall investment is estimated at nearly 6 billion Egyptian pounds (382 million USD).

By improving the populations’ access to broadband, the Egyptian government aims to increase the financial contribution of the ICT and Telecoms sector to the national economy. According to Oxford Business Group in its EGYPT ICT Covid-19 Recovery Roadmap report, the industry generated £ 93 billion in fiscal year 2018/19. In fiscal year 2019/20, it accounted for 4.4% of GDP and generated £ 108 billion.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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