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    ITU Launches Annual MIS Report 2015, Egypt Achieves 26.4% in IDI

    Cairo, 30 November 2015

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) held, today, a conference, at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) premises, to discuss ITU 2015 edition of Measuring the Information Society Report (MIS), which indicated Egypt’s position and rank in ICT Development Index (IDI) where Egypt achieved 26.4%, rising to 4.40 from 3.48 points.

    This achievement was not directly reflected on Egypt’s rank due to the challenges that Egypt faced after the revolution. In the meanwhile, other countries in the region did not face the same challenges. This high value of indicator represents efforts that Egypt exerts in the ICT sector to provide ICT services nationwide. It also reflects the growth in the use of ICT tools at the level of families, individuals and other sectors.
     
    In this context, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) stated that there is a team of MCIT experts on indicators preparing a report for developing methodology and tackling variables covered by IDI, issued at ITU MIS Report. The report is to be discussed and negotiated with the ITU statistical team so as to develop this part in a better form that reflects the real growth in the ICT sector in Egypt, taking into account the nature of the developing countries and the nature of the telecommunications sector which is characterized by high dynamism.

    As for the ITU 2020 objectives that have been referenced in this year's report, MIS Report focused, in the objectives section, on the importance of the availability and use of ICT tools for families and individuals in all countries of the world to improve their standard of living and facilitate their lives. It focuses also on developing criteria and indicators to measure progress and development made by these countries in order to achieve these objectives. The report gives due consideration to gender equality to get these features, believing in the importance that women should get a special consideration through allowing their access to ICT tools for their enhancement.
     
    At the national level, Egypt offers concrete efforts to provide ICT services, mainly broadband services to all Egyptians across the nation and in urban and rural areas.

    Egypt also exerted efforts in encouraging Egyptian women on the use of IT and Internet in various fields. The percentage of Egyptian families that have access to Internet amounted to about 39% of total households, according to the results of a field survey conducted by MCIT, in collaboration with the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), during 2014 and results were issued at the beginning of 2015. The percentage of households that use the Internet reached nearly 43.6% of Egyptian households.

    With regard to the gap between rural and urban areas in terms of availability of internet services, the percentage of households that have access to the Internet in rural areas in Egypt reached about 32% compared to 48.3% in urban areas.

    Egypt is in the process of reducing the gap between rural and urban areas through the plans set for the ICT sector. This will be achieved in accordance with MCIT policies for developing telecommunications infrastructure and Internet networks, improving the quality of services and setting internet pricing plan which is being implemented. This is in addition to granting new licenses for companies to provide Internet services nationwide especially in Upper Egypt to improve services through increased competition in terms of quality of service and prices between the companies operating in the Egyptian market for the benefit of citizens.

    Among other indicators mentioned in the report is the fact that Egypt has the cheapest USB prices price compared to other Arab countries. In this context, the government, represented by MCIT and its affiliates, is developing the infrastructure of fixed Internet through the development plan currently being implemented in the telecommunications and Internet networks, which will be reflected on the improvement and proliferation of quality service and its provision at reasonable prices.

    MCIT working group on indicators will familiarize themselves in detail with the report, to take advantage of the positive aspects that MIS report provides. The working group will compare Egypt with the rest of the countries and analyze the challenges to come up with the recommendations that helps decision-makers and supports policies taken in the current and future stages for the growth of the ICT sector in Egypt.
     
    The indicators produced by the ITU in the ICT field are significant for all the countries of the world, including Egypt, because they present the evolution and growth of the ITU Member States through a set of quantitative performance indicators that combine data from the countries. This is in addition to the indicators of other sectors such as education.






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