Egypt: Egyptians expected to benefit from an average internet speed of 20 Mbps by the end of 2020 1
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Denys Bédarride
Friday 3 July 2020 Last update on Friday, July 3, 2020 At 8:05 AM

It is in any case the ambition of the government which has decided to invest more in quality connectivity. $ 1.6 billion has already been spent to reach the current 15.5 Mbps.

The Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Amr Talaat, said on June 16, 2020 that the government wants to increase the average Internet speed to 20 Mbps by the end of 2020. It has indicated that this ambition is in line with the project to efficiently provide populations with many public services via the Internet.

In 2018, the average internet speed in Egypt was 5.7 Mbps. In 2019, it increased to 15.5 Mbps. Amr Talaat said the goal is 40 Mbps in 2021. A goal he considers achievable since in March 2020 the country was able to reach a peak Internet speed of 30.9 Mbps.

To provide consumers with current Internet speed, the telecommunications minister has revealed that the government has already spent nearly $ 1.6 billion. This sum was also used to extend Internet coverage in the country. He added that nearly $ 400 million is still expected to be invested in connecting 2 million homes to broadband Internet.

The coronavirus-induced health crisis has demonstrated to Egypt the importance of quality connectivity across the country. It highlighted its need for effective continuity of operation, even at a distance, of the State and of society. Accelerating digital transformation is essential.

Source Agence Ecofin June 2020