1 March 2022
During MWC, ICT Minister Meets Bharti Airtel, STL, Etisalat Group

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has met with the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises Sunil Bharti Mittal to discuss cooperation in submarine cables.

The meeting has been held on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), in which the ICT Minister participated, heading a delegation from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

The meeting discussed the possibility of Telecom Egypt to provide integrated solutions through its extensive network of submarine cables and its multiple and secure international infrastructure.

During the meeting, the ICT Minister ascertained that MCIT is keen to maximize the state’s revenues from the international ICT infrastructure by investing in submarine cables. He pointed out that Egypt has 13 international submarine cables.

These cables transmit more than 90% of the data traffic in Asia and Europe, while work is currently underway to establish five more cables, he added.

For his part, Telecom Egypt Managing Director and CEO Adel Hamed stated that they are looking forward to exploring prospects of cooperation with Bharti Airtel in submarine cables during the coming period, promising to harness all the capabilities, expertise, and advanced infrastructure to improve the international ICT infrastructure.

Bharti Airtel is one of the largest ICT operators in India and the world. It owns ICT infrastructure services in 18 counties in Asia and Africa and is one of the largest Indian companies internationally investing in submarine cables.
Telecom Egypt's international network extends to over 140 landing points in more than 60 countries around the world. Telecom Egypt invests in expanding the submarine cable infrastructure, which is the shortest and most reliable route among Africa, Asia and Europe.

Telecom Egypt is also working to provide a variety of infrastructure services through the establishment of submarine landing stations and crossing routes as well as investing in new submarine cable systems and solutions that cater for the rising global demand for international bandwidth.

In a related context, Talaat has held a meeting with the Founder and CEO of Sterlite Technologies (STL) Ankit Agarwal to discuss investment opportunities in Egypt in optical fiber cables. During the meeting, the projects implemented by MCIT to build Digital Egypt, through digitizing government services, have been reviewed. This is in addition to the projects of developing the ICT infrastructure, and installing optical fiber cables in more than 4,500 villages over three years, within the framework of the “Decent Life” initiative.

The meeting has also discussed Egypt’s efforts to build smart cities, which infrastructure is based on modern technologies. They have also discussed the prospects of cooperation in building capacities and supporting national skills of engineers and technicians, as well as the cooperation in manufacturing optical fiber cables and exporting to neighboring countries benefiting from free trade agreements with Egypt. STL smart network software service hubs and its affiliate smart network innovation hubs have been tackled during the meeting.

The ICT Minister has called STL to take advantage of the incentives provided by Digital Egypt strategy for outsourcing (2022-2026). STL has been also invited to be part of the electronics innovation hub in the Knowledge City in the New Administrative Capital.

The Assistant ICT Minister for Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Mohamed Nasr and Telecom Egypt Managing Director and CEO Adel Hamed have attended both meetings.

It is worth mentioning that STL is an Indian multinational technology company specializing in optical fibers and cables, hyper-scale network design, and deployment and network software. STL is headquartered in Mumbai and is active in over 150 countries.

During MWC, the ICT Minister has also met with the CEO of Etisalat Group Hatem Dowidar to discuss increasing the company’s investments in Egypt.

During the meeting, Talaat stressed that the ICT sector is characterized by being established on constructive partnerships between the public and private sectors. He pointed to MCIT keenness to support the investment growth in telecom companies operating in Egypt, and improve the quality of telecom services provided to citizens.

For his part, Dowidar expressed his pleasure to meet the ICT Minister. He stressed that this meeting is an indication of Egypt’s interest in supporting companies operating in the Egyptian ICT sector, which play a prominent role in the digital transformation process.

With regard to the company’s strategy to transform into a world-leading technology group, Dowidar stated that Etisalat Group ranks seventh in the world among ICT operators. As for the trademark, the Group aims to pump more investments into the Egyptian market to strengthen its leading position as an integrated ICT services provider.

The meeting has been attended by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Executive President Hossam El-Gamal, the Assistant ICT Minister for Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Mohamed Nasr, Etisalat Misr CEO Hazem Metwally, and a number of officials of Etisalat Misr.

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