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    Egypt Improves Rank in ITU ‘Measuring Information Society’ Report

    Cairo, 11 October 2013
    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) issued on October 7 the annual report “Measuring Information Society” from Egypt after being selected as the MENA region representative for announcing its report this year, giving the significance of Egypt in ICT fields on the international level.
     
    The report shows Egypt advancing to position 86 in ICT development index (IDI) of 157 countries for year 2013, jumping one place from last year notwithstanding the current political and economic situations it is currently witnessing. This year, the index registered 3.85 from 3.65 last year, a sign of value improvement of ICT sub-indexes.
     
    Despite the fact that ITU has used new methodology and criteria for calculating indicators in its 2013 report, Egypt continued to retain its position.
     
    In the press conference held by ITU in Egypt, the Manager of MCIT Information Center Nagwa El-Shenawy said that Egypt advanced in rank in the report’s main index (IDI), as well as in the index value in spite of the economic and political circumstances of the country throughout the past year.
     
    This development doesn’t meet the aspirations of Egypt ICT sector especially after the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Atef Helmy, launched the strategic plan for the sector, announced in May, which comprises a number of projects to be implemented on the short and medium terms, El-Shenawy has added.
     
    She has explained that the plan has three strategic goals: achieving economic and social development through an integrated digital system; advancing ICT industry by attracting new investments, sustaining the current ones and creating job opportunities for youth; and the optimum use of maritime cables and utilizing Egypt geographic location to turn into a center for internet services in the MENA region.
     
    The bundle of programs and projects included in the strategy is to improve Egypt’s position in the coming four years, most important of which is the emergency plan to disseminate “high-speed internet” across Egypt with an investment value of over two million dollars during September 2013-2015.
     
    Moreover, the program of the optimal use of maritime cables would increase the capacity of the internet during the next year, allowing more internet services; consequently, expanding the geographic coverage for those services, in addition to the availability of these services at high speed, thus meeting the needs of all users.
     
    This year’s report has shed light on ICT local, regional and international trends. IDI ranks performance of countries in three key aspects; namely, access to telecommunications, ICT usage level and education level and the state of enrollment ratios in both secondary and university stages.

    Furthermore, the report offers IT price basket: a unique scale that follows and compares the cost of ICT services and its alignment to the average income of individuals in each country. The report also includes, for the first time, a model to measure the number of young people in the “digital age” worldwide, putting their number in 2012 at 363 million, equivalent to 5.2% of world population and 30% of world’s youth.
     
    El-Shenawy has denoted that the value of ICT variables included in the report has witnessed a significant improvement from last year except for education indexes.
    As for ICT services price index, Egypt is one of the cheapest countries at the level of Arab states in the field of mobile and internet prices, when calculating the absolute value of these prices. Egypt is also one of the cheapest countries at the Arab states level in high-speed internet, comparing prices to the average income of individuals, she has added.
     
    At the end of the press conference, El-Shenawy has underlined the significance of this report to Egypt and the ICT sector. She has ascertained that implementing the projects of the ambitious plan launched by MCIT will certainly have positive effect on measurement indexes in the near future.

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) issued on October 7 the annual report “Measuring Information Society” from Egypt after being selected as the MENA region representative for announcing its report this year, giving the significance of Egypt in ICT fields on the international level.
     
    The report shows Egypt advancing to position 86 in ICT development index (IDI) of 157 countries for year 2013, jumping one place from last year notwithstanding the current political and economic situations it is currently witnessing. This year, the index registered 3.85 from 3.65 last year, a sign of value improvement of ICT sub-indexes.
     
    Despite the fact that ITU has used new methodology and criteria for calculating indicators in its 2013 report, Egypt continued to retain its position.
     
    In the press conference held by ITU in Egypt, the Manager of MCIT Information Center Nagwa El-Shenawy said that Egypt advanced in rank in the report’s main index (IDI), as well as in the index value in spite of the economic and political circumstances of the country throughout the past year.
     
    This development doesn’t meet the aspirations of Egypt ICT sector especially after the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Atef Helmy, launched the strategic plan for the sector, announced in May, which comprises a number of projects to be implemented on the short and medium terms, El-Shenawy has added.
     
    She has explained that the plan has three strategic goals: achieving economic and social development through an integrated digital system; advancing ICT industry by attracting new investments, sustaining the current ones and creating job opportunities for youth; and the optimum use of maritime cables and utilizing Egypt geographic location to turn into a center for internet services in the MENA region.
     
    The bundle of programs and projects included in the strategy is to improve Egypt’s position in the coming four years, most important of which is the emergency plan to disseminate “high-speed internet” across Egypt with an investment value of over two million dollars during September 2013-2015.
     
    Moreover, the program of the optimal use of maritime cables would increase the capacity of the internet during the next year, allowing more internet services; consequently, expanding the geographic coverage for those services, in addition to the availability of these services at high speed, thus meeting the needs of all users.
     
    This year’s report has shed light on ICT local, regional and international trends. IDI ranks performance of countries in three key aspects; namely, access to telecommunications, ICT usage level and education level and the state of enrollment ratios in both secondary and university stages.
     
     Furthermore, the report offers IT price basket: a unique scale that follows and compares the cost of ICT services and its alignment to the average income of individuals in each country.

    The report also includes, for the first time, a model to measure the number of young people in the “digital age” worldwide, putting their number in 2012 at 363 million, equivalent to 5.2% of world population and 30% of world’s youth.
     
    El-Shenawy has denoted that the value of ICT variables included in the report has witnessed a significant improvement from last year except for education indexes.

    As for ICT services price index, Egypt is one of the cheapest countries at the level of Arab states in the field of mobile and internet prices, when calculating the absolute value of these prices. Egypt is also one of the cheapest countries at the Arab states level in high-speed internet, comparing prices to the average income of individuals, she has added.
     
     At the end of the press conference, El-Shenawy has underlined the significance of this report to Egypt and the ICT sector. She has ascertained that implementing the projects of the ambitious plan launched by MCIT will certainly have positive effect on measurement indexes in the near future.


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    Measuring the Information Society
    Oct 2013
    The MIS report, which has been published annually since 2009, features two benchmarking tools to measure the information society: the ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket (IPB)




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