Egypt Independent

90 million cell phone subscriptions in Egypt, ministry says



There are currently over 90 million cell phone subscribers in Egypt, while only 8.6 million people use landlines, according to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Around 31 million people use the internet, with 4,655 telecommunications companies employing abut 214,000 workers.

The ministry issued a report stating that the three mobile phone operators, Mobinil, Vodafone and Etisalat, together had 92 million subscribers as of April 2012, with a monthly growth rate of 14 percent and an annual growth rate of 23.41 percent. Some people have more than one cell phone, and the number also includes foreigners residing in Egypt.

The annual growth rate for landline users is 3.75 percent.  

As of April 2012 the monthly growth rate for internet users was 0.07 percent and the annual was 22 percent.

Many mobile phone users access the internet on their phones. There were 11.5 million mobile internet users as of April 2012, with a monthly growth rate of 1.67 percent and an annual growth rate of 28.5 percent.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm