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    Broadband Initiative to Activate in August, ICT Minister

    Cairo, 15 July 2014

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy has said that broadband will initiate in the Egyptian markets by mid-August. 

    He has added that TEData, affiliated to Telecom Egypt, is granted the implementation of the project in four different areas across the nation with a total of 1500 points. This is in addition to a fifth area which other companies and mobile companies will take part in.

    This took place during a Sohour gathering organized by the ICT civil society organizations, including Eitesal, the Computers and Software sector at the General Federation of Chambers and the IT industry chamber.

    Helmy has said that a cooperation protocol has been signed with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Small Industries to train 10 thousand specialized trainees in the field of industry next year. The 2-year protocol will cost 50 million EGP. Several bodies will work together to launch the smart National ID before the end of the year.

    He has explained that MCIT signed over 60 protocols with ministries and government bodies that will be implemented during three years with a total budget exceeding 3 billion EGP. Helmy has added that the broadband tender results will be shown by mid-August where the technical evaluation for five zones are currently in progress.

    Three buildings will be opened at Maadi Technology Park with a capacity of 5200 seats, to provide around 20 thousand new direct and indirect job opportunities in IT services exportation using outsourcing system.

    Helmy has pointed out to the government decision to assign MCIT for activating cloud computing in Egypt in cooperation with governmental bodies, thanks to its role in reducing expenses, saving efforts, attracting more investments and providing huge storage areas for data to serve all Statesí sectors and to provide many jobs at the Egyptian market.

    IBM has launched an initiative to host 100 companies in the sector to train them on cloud computing systems. Microsoft Egypt has followed suit in this regard

    Helmy has said that the Ministry agreed to allocate around 40 million EGP to encourage Egyptian ICT services companies. He has also added that results of this support will be revealed by mid-August.

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