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    ICT Minister Delivers Speech at ‘5G Opportunities and Challenges Workshop’

    Cairo, 30 September 2019

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has delivered a speech during “5G Opportunities and Challenges Workshop” organized and hosted by the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) in Smart Village.

    The workshop discussed the opportunities that the Fifth Generation (5G) technology applications provide within the framework of the state’s plan for digital transformation, to develop the services provided to citizens in fields including health, education, transportation, and others. This is in addition to increasing the production capacity in areas such as industry, agriculture, and other different productive sectors.

    The workshop was attended by a number of Egyptian university presidents and deans, as well as scientists, ICT experts, and young people interested in mobile networks and their different applications.

    The event is in line with the state’s efforts to keep abreast of the world’s groundbreaking technologies to improve the quality and efficacy of digital services, and provide high-speed data transfer solutions.

    Moreover, the NTI plays an effective role in introducing scientific research and working on raising Egyptians and Arabs’ awareness of technology.

    During his speech, the ICT Minister underlined that Egypt is witnessing a breakthrough and undergoing a digital transformation, which requires state-of-the-art technologies, including 5G and the unprecedented speeds it offers.

    Talaat stated that more than 800 government facilities in Port Said city have been connected with fiber optic cables to provide e-government services. He added that work to bolster the ICT infrastructure nationwide is underway to provide a huge amount of services, followed by an exchange of data at unprecedented sizes and speeds, thus building a digital government and digital economy on a highly efficient digital base.

    Furthermore, the ICT Minister referred to the cooperation between the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR), resulting in crafting the national strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI).

    This is addition to cooperating in human capacity building through B-Secure initiative, and carrying out training programs in fiber optic cables technology, with a target to train 5k people in this field by the end of 2021, in collaboration with Egyptian universities.

    In her speech, the Director of the National Telecommunication Institute (NTI) Iman Ashour said that the workshop discussed and showcased the challenges that 5G operators should overcome, pertaining to data security, providing Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) to users, and providing equipment and tools to connect existing networks and add required terminals within the 5G system, according to the latest global standards.

    In addition, the workshop addressed the process of evaluating 5G networks performance, so interested parties can follow up on the quality of service provided. Discussions also delved into micrometer frequencies and related issues, including the coverage area, the rate of data flow through microwaves, and achieving maximum benefit through applying these systems, taking into account the effects of the coefficients of these waves.

    Moreover, the ICT Minister honored a number of presidents of Egyptian universities collaborating with NTI in B-Secure program in its first phase, including Benha, Fayoum, Zagazig, Sohag, Suez Canal and Menoufia Universities. He also honored top graduates of NTI different educational and training programs.

    Talaat, in addition, toured NTI, where he explored the training labs equipped with the latest technologies, such as Cisco and Huawei. He checked the applied project models of the training programs graduates, supervised and carried out by NTI, as well as the ICT applied project models for providing technological solutions for industry. He also met with the trainees of the NTI specialized training programs in ICT.

    NTI is MCIT human development arm. It carries out a number of workshops and specialized training programs, in collaboration with international companies and Egyptian universities, to qualify young people in 5G and relevant technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), data security and fiber optic cables, the backbone of this technology.

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