The total number of internet users declined by 7% in January 2017 compared to December 2016, from 36.37 million customers in December to 33.82 million customers in January—a decrease of approximately 3 million customers—according to a report issued by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
The report signaled the decline in the number of mobile internet users reaching 26.16 million users in January2017, compared to 28.65 million in December 2016—a decline of 8.7% equivalent to 2.4 million users.
According to the report, the number of internet USB users fell slightly from 3.38 million users in December 2016 to 3.26 million users in January 2017—a decline of about 0.78%.
On the other hand, the number of fixed-line internet users increased from 4.44 million users in December 2016 to 4.46 million users in January 2017.
The largest number of fixed-line users was in Cairo with 43%, followed by the Deltawith 29%, Alexandria and Matrouh with 11%, Upper Egypt with 11%, and the Suez Canal, Sinai, and Red Sea with 6%.
Vodafone acquired the largest share of new customers in January, adding more than 356,800 clients this month, boosting its client base from 40.2 million in December 2016 to 40.6 million in January, according to data from the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.
On the other hand, the number of subscribers of Orange dropped from 33.8 million in December to 33.7 million in January, losing some 89,400 clients in one month. Etisalat obtained more clients, rising from 23.6 million clients in December to 23.8 million by the end of January 2017, with 175,000 new subscribers.
According to the indicators, the sheer number of mobile service subscribers increased by 442,500 clients in January.
The total number of mobile services reached 98.2 million in January, up from 97.7 million in December 2016.