The Egyptian telecommunications sector is one of the most developed in the Middle East/North Africa region, and expected to grow at over 15% annually in the coming three years. Major players are: one fixed line operator, Telecom Egypt (10.19 million subscribers); three GSM operators: Mobinil, Vodafone Egypt, and Etisalat (over 55.35 million subscribers). The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) announced on October 2, 2009, a bid inviting consortiums of local and international companies to submit their offers for two licenses to start and operate telecommunication networks to serve closed urban communities. Deadline to submit the bids were Tuesday, January 12, 2010. IT and telecom are a major driving force for the development of many sectors such as healthcare services, media, education, and governmental services. With the assistance of the private sector 100 schools have been automated and developed, 100,000 school teachers received IT training, and 200 healthcare units have been upgraded. The focus is on cyber security, child online safety, and broadband development.
• Call Centers Equipment/Network Centers
• Fiber Optic Cables
• GSM Solutions and Applications/Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
• Media Convergence/ Triple Play
• Wi-Fi/Wi-Max /Wireless Networks and Solutions
Call center equipment, E-signature technologies, Wi-Max, GSM solutions and applications represent good business opportunities for U.S. firms.