Technology – Daily News Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Thu, 27 Feb 2020 02:33:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Average fixed broadband speed to reach 41.2 Mbps in Middle East, Africa by 2023: Cisco https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/26/average-fixed-broadband-speed-to-reach-41-2-mbps-in-middle-east-africa-by-2023-cisco/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 03:11:51 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=723323 In the Middle East and Africa, the average fixed broadband connection speed will increase to 41.2 Mbps in 2023, from 9.7 Mbps in 2018, according to the report. Average mobile connection speed in the region will increase to 24.8 Mbps, compared to 6.9 Mbps in 2018, a 3.6 times growth.

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The 5G network will support more than 10% of global mobile connections by 2023, according to the Cisco Annual Internet Report. It suggests more dynamic mobile infrastructures for artificial intelligence and emerging Internet of Things applications, including autonomous cars, smart cities, digital healthcare systems, 360-degree video technology, and more.

These advanced performance capabilities will be supported by average speeds of 575 megabites per second (Mbps).

The average global mobile connection speed will increase by more than 13-fold from 13 Mbps in 2018 to 44 Mbps in 2023, while the average global Wi-Fi connection speed will triple from 30 Mbps to 92 Mbps. The global average fixed broadband connection speed will also increase by more than twofold from 46 Mbps to 110 Mbps.

In the Middle East and Africa, the average fixed broadband connection speed will increase to 41.2 Mbps in 2023, from 9.7 Mbps in 2018, according to the report. Average mobile connection speed in the region will increase to 24.8 Mbps, compared to 6.9 Mbps in 2018, a 3.6 times growth.

Social networks, video services, downloads, business production, e-commerce, and games are constantly growing, which contributes to the growth of mobile applications, the report said. Nearly 300bn applications will be downloaded by 2023.

The report covered mobile, Wifi, and fixed broadband networking with quantitative projections on the growth of users, devices, and connections, as well as network performance between 2018 and 2023.

By 2023, the report said, more than 70% of the world’s population (5.7 billion people) will have mobile connectivity whether 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G, and 66% of the global population will be internet users.

In the Middle East and Africa, internet users will reach 35% of the region’s population, by 2023, equivilant to 611 million people – up from 24%, equivilant to 381 million people in 2018. Mobile phone users will also increase to 57% of the region’s population by 2023, equivilant to one billion people – compared to 53% in 2018, equivilant to 827 million.

On a global level, the report said device ownership will rise to 3.6 networked devices/connections per person and nearly 10 devices and connections per household, with almost 47% of these video-capable.

Moreover, machine-to-machine connections, that support a wide range of IoT applications, will represent about 50% (14.7bn) of total global devices and connections.

In the Middle East and Africa, the average connected devices will reach 2.6bn by 2023, compared to 1.7bn in 2018.

The report predicted that 45% of all devices will have mobile connectivity whether 3G, 4G, 5G, or low-power wide-area network by 2023, and 55% of devices will have wire or Wi-Fi connectivity. The 5G will represent 10.6% of total mobile connectivity.

In the Middle East and Africa, 75% of devices will have mobile connectivity, and 25% will have wire or Wi-Fi connectivity.

In addition, the number of global Wi-Fi hotspots will increase fourfold from 2018 to 2023. There will be approximately 628m public Wi-Fi hotspots globally, up from 169m in 2018.

The Cisco Internet Annual Report assesses digital transformation on global, regional, and national levels.

It includes forecasts of the growth rates of internet users, devices, and connection speeds, in addition to network performance and new application requirements. The report also provides analysis and assessments in four strategic areas: applications, security, infrastructure transformation, and employee and team empowerment.

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Payfort, valU partner to provide payment options for e-commerce stores https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/26/payfort-valu-partner-to-provide-payment-options-for-e-commerce-stores/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 03:09:26 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=723326 PayFort’s seamless integration with merchant sites allows customers to checkout with just two clicks. To date, this simple process has helped merchants in the region

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Amazon’s PayFort announced its collaboration with EFG Hermes’s valU for instalment sales services, to offer payment plans to e-commerce stores partnered with PayFort. The agreement avails yet another checkout method for Egyptian online shoppers.

The ‘buy now, pay monthly’ service allows valU customers in Egypt to access 3 to 60 months instalment options for online purchases. PayFort’s seamless integration with merchant sites allows customers to checkout with just two clicks. To date, this simple process has helped merchants in the region increase payment success rates by 12%, overall sales by 8-10%, while decreasing the number of abandoned online shopping carts by up to 10%.

“We are excited to announce our partnership with valU to allow more merchants to bring ‘buy now, pay monthly’ services to Egyptian consumers. According to our research, Egyptian consumers prefer to pay in monthly instalments over discounts or any other financial incentive,” said Managing Director of PayFort Omar Soudodi. “In its first phase, all PayFort merchants in Egypt will be able to offer the new payment option to the registered customers of valU, wherein the line of credit has already been granted. However, there are also plans to expand the service to offer new payment options to more Egyptian consumers in the near future.”

Catering to both banked and unbanked customers, valU’s ‘buy now, pay monthly’ service gives buyers the flexibility to make larger purchases more frequently online, increasing their purchasing power and allowing them to take advantage of favourable pricing when they see it. Meanwhile, the process lets ecommerce merchants collect 100% of their sale at the time of purchase, ensuring good cash flow for Egyptian businesses. By breaking down barriers to consumer purchases, the ‘buy now, pay monthly’ service also opens up new opportunities for merchants to build a larger customer base and could play a role in helping increase Egyptian consumer spending power overall.

Launched by EFG Hermes in 2017, valU allows Egyptian customers to purchase a wide range of products and services from over 2,500 merchants via a mobile app built on a sophisticated algorithm. valU customers receive instant credit decisions once they deliver the required documents to valU, while unbanked customers receive feedback within 24-48 hours.

“valU’s mission has been breaking down barriers for Egyptian consumers to empower their aspired lifestyle; and our partnership with PayFort marks another step in our mission,” said CEO at valU for instalment sales services Mohamed El-Feky.

“Our strategy has focused on rapid expansion in the e-commerce space, due to the huge potential in that fast-growing sector. Our partnership with PayFort, both falls within our strategic objective of exponentially growing our online points of sale and lays the groundwork for valU’s future growth.” El-Feky added.

PayFort’s secure payment network is built using sophisticated and up-to-date fraud prevention tools, all while providing flexibility in offering online payments. In addition to providing unrivalled security, PayFort removes much of the hassle of e-payment implementation for merchants, while giving them full control of the backend.

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MCIT begins 2nd phase of fish resources automation https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/26/mcit-begins-2nd-phase-of-fish-resources-automation/ Wed, 26 Feb 2020 03:07:25 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=723319 The project aims to develop fish resources through information system and remote sensing. These systems would help early detection of any violations to lakes and fisheries.

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Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has started the second phase of fish resources automation in Egypt. It comprises creating databases and an information system of the fishery resources, a source in the ministry said.

The project aims to develop fish resources through information system and remote sensing. These systems would help early detection of any violations to lakes and fisheries.

It would also provide decision makers with important data to put proper strategies for the sector.

The new system will offer accurate data on the size of Egypt’s fish resources, which would contribute to maintaining food security for Egyptians and encouraging investment in the field.

This technology can control the negative effects of activities harming the sustainability of fish resources, improve fishing efficiency, and provide precise statistics to the authorities related to water and fish resources.

MCIT works on developing the project in cooperation with the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, and the General Authority for Fish Resources Development.

The project offers the first comprehensive and integrated database that helps in developing and managing fish resources in Egypt and demarcation of lakes and water bodies that fall under the jurisdiction of the General Authority for Fish Resources Development.

It also facilitates the work cycle and ease the exchange, presenting, analysis, and preparation of future plans for developing fish resources across the country.

The project uses geographic information system technologies to identify and accurately discover areas of violations through comparing the layers of these lakes with modern satellite images in different time to define these violations.

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Intercom Enterprises targets EGP 400m technology solutions sales in 2020 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/25/intercom-enterprises-targets-egp-400m-technology-solutions-sales-in-2020/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:44:41 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=723237 The banking and government sectors are the most beneficiaries of the company’s products

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Intercom Enterprises aims to achieve EGP 400m worth technology solutions sales by the end of the year.

The government sector represents about 25% of the company’s business volume, and it is expected to increase in the coming period thanks to the new national projects such as digital transformation and electronic archiving, said Mahmoud Abo Daoud, Chief Technology Officer and Enterprise Solutions Sales Director at Intercom Enterprises.

He told Daily News Egypt that Intercom Enterprises has several partnerships with international companies, most notably Cisco, Dell, BMC, and SAP. The technology solutions offered by the company target all sectors in the Egyptian market, he added.

The banking and government sectors are the most beneficiaries of the company’s products

, accounting for 50% and 20-25% of the company’s business volume in 2019, respectively.

Abo Daoud said the company’s annual business volume is about EGP 1bn, and it aims to increase it by 30% this year.

The company seeks to provide integrated solutions in the banking, government, oil, and communications sectors at a time when the number of its corporate clients reaches 500, with a work team of 300 engineers and technicians. Intercom Enterprises seeks to increase its employees by 20-30%.

The company has developed a plan to expand regionally in the coming period.

Abo Daoud said a new unit specialised in cybersecurity systems solutions is scheduled to open in June, targeting a business volume of EGP 250-300m.

He said the company supplies devices, networks, site installations, technological and security systems solutions, in addition to electronic archiving, and it seeks to expand in new fields, including artificial intelligence technology.

However, the company faces several challenges in the Egyptian market, most notably the lack of skilled cadres in new technical fields, as the company had to train its employees to keep pace with technological development.

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Abo Daoud said the company was able to provide its customers in various industrial sectors with the best services. He added the company has major customers in the industry in the fields of banking, financial services, government agencies, oil and gas, and communications. Among the most prominent services that the company provides is planning, design, management project implementation, support, training, IT, consulting services, and more.

Intercom is also working on expansion in the field of business solutions; communication and information management systems; extracting, transferring, and downloading data; digital transformation, electronic archiving, artificial intelligence and robotics, and system operation management.

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Samsung controls Egyptian smartphone sales, Huawei a far second https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/19/samsung-controls-egyptian-smartphone-sales-huawei-a-far-second/ Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:32:12 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=722539 According to the report, Huawei ranked second in terms of market shares, with a share of 24.1% in December 2019, up from its share in January of the same year by 4.7%. Huawei's market share reached 18.8% in January 2019.

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A recent report by Statcounter said that Samsung controlled smartphone sales in Egypt with a market share of 31.4% by the end of December, despite a 6% decline from January 2019, when the market share was 37.7%.

According to the report, Huawei ranked second in terms of market shares, with a share of 24.1% in December 2019, up from its share in January of the same year by 4.7%. Huawei’s market share reached 18.8% in January 2019.

According to the Statcounter report, Oppo ranked third in Egypt after accounting for 10.4% of market sales by the end of December, compared to 7.6% in January of 2019.

Apple came fourth, accounting for 9.6% of smartphone sales by the end of last December, compared to 8.8% in January 2019, an increase of nearly 1%.

Xiaomi managed to increase its market share of the Egyptian smart phone market this year, jumping from seventh place in January 2019 to fifth by the end of December.

Xiaomi’s market share reached 5.7% in December, compared to 3.4% in January 2019.

Infinix ranked sixth on the list with a market share of 5.1% in December compared to 5% in January.

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Possible scenarios for STC-Vodafone Egypt deal https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/19/possible-scenarios-for-stc-vodafone-egypt-deal/ Wed, 19 Feb 2020 06:36:05 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=722529 With the possibility of completing the deal sometime in the summer, Telecom Egypt (TE) has begun discussing the investment opportunity in the deal, in light of its acquisition of 45% of Vodafone Egypt.

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The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to acquire Vodafone International’s stake in Vodafone Egypt.

The potential deal for STC’s acquisition of a 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt, has caused a movement in the mobile market. STC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to acquire Vodafone International’s stake in Vodafone Egypt.

With the possibility of completing the deal sometime in the summer, Telecom Egypt (TE) has begun discussing the investment opportunity in the deal, in light of its acquisition of 45% of Vodafone Egypt.

How does Egypt benefit from the potential deal for STC’s acquisition of 55% of Vodafone Egypt?

Hisham El Alaily, the former executive president of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), said that TE has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the top operator in the Egyptian mobile market.

El Alaily added that TE should take advantage of the opportunity and use the right of pre-emption to acquire the rest of Vodafone Egypt’s share, which would make it the number one operator in the market instead of the fourth.

He believes that the company can manage the value of the deal by selling some assets or increasing capital, especially since the value of the deal is convenient in exchange for what TE will receive.

He also said that after three years of operating in the mobile market, TE only controls 4% of it. However, if it uses the right of pre-emption to purchase Vodafone’s global stake in Vodafone Egypt, it will merge Vodafone Egypt and WE and control 45 million customers, which equals almost half the mobile market.

He believes that if TE capitalises on this opportunity, it could bring the company larger profits for several reasons. The first being that TE would become a major operator in the market, as well as providing mobile services based on the Vodafone licence instead of WE’s virtual licence -which forces the company to pay fees under the local roaming agreement with TE. In addition, the number of operators in the market will decrease to three, which will increase the value of the return per user.

TE obtained its 4G licence in 2016 and started providing mobile services in 2017 as the fourth operator in the market. WE relies on TE to provide voice services through a local roaming agreement between the two companies. If it acquires the rest of Vodafone Egypt’s share, it will no longer rely on the agreement since the acquisition deal includes Vodafone Egypt’s networks and mobile towers.

The number of WE mobile customers has grown to four million since its operation began three years ago.

El Alaily believes that mobile operators with a share of less than 20%, after five years of providing the service, should reconsider their situation. He noted that according to WE’s performance, it will not be able to reach 20% share within the next two years.

For his part, Hamdy El Laithy, chairperson at the Chamber of Information Technology and Communications, said that there are two scenarios that could benefit TE.

He believes that the first of these scenarios is to make use of the possible compulsory purchase offer submitted by STC to sell its stake in Vodafone Egypt, in which case it would receive an amount of nearly $2bn. This would help the company improve its services, and would drive the growth of WE. It is also the easiest option.

The second scenario, which is the most difficult but the best, is to use the right of preemption and buy the rest of Vodafone Egypt’s share, which turns the company from the fourth largest operator in the mobile market to the top and largest one.

El Laithy believes that the company can manage part of the financing of this deal by coordinating with NTRA to sell its 4G licence acquired in 2016, seeing that both companies are only able to merge their technical aspects.

It can also fund the purchase of the deal through loans from banks, especially that this is a major deal and its funding will be met with great demand if the company decides to buy.

He believes that in the case of TE acquiring the rest of Vodafone Egypt’s share, it should set a strong strategy to turn into a regional mobile operator. He noted that there is a great possibility for expanding into new external markets within five years of completing the deal.

STC and Vodafone International Group, have agreed that the former would acquire the latter’s stake in Vodafone Egypt for $2.4bn.

TE said in a press statement a few days ago that it was in the process of appointing an investment bank to study the investment options and opportunities available in the deal.

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Google Maps celebrates 15th anniversary with introducing new features https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/18/google-maps-celebrates-15th-anniversary-with-introducing-new-features/ Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:35:32 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=722397 ‘Google has mapped as many buildings last year as we did in previous 10,’ says Jen Fitzpatrick

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Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Google Maps came out with a new look along with a slightly redesigned app and some new features.

In a video conference, Senior Vice President of Google Maps Jen Fitzpatrick and Vice President of Google Dane Glasgow spoke to reporters from over 20 countries worldwide about Google Maps’ new updates and features, and went over the company’s efforts to develop the application over the years.

Fitzpatrick and Glasgow announced the new updates and new icon of the app. Google Maps has been designed with a refreshed look including an icon that is based on a key part of the tool since the very beginning— the pin — and represents the shift it has made from getting people to their destination to also helping them discover new places and experiences.

They also spoke about new features for the updated Google Maps app for Android and iOS. These features include five easy-to-access tabs: Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute, and Updates.

Senior Vice President of Google Maps Jen Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick is one of the company’s first female engineers and a member of its first intern programme. She oversees Google Geo products, including Local Search, Google My Business, Street View, and Google Earth.

She co-founded Google’s user experience team and continues to focus on delivering meaningful and useful experiences to Google users worldwide. During her 20+ years at Google, Jen has led software development for a wide variety of products and teams including Google Search, AdWords, Google News, and Google Shopping.

Moreover, Glasgow’s role with Google Map includes overseeing product management, user experience, and analytics for the company’s geography products and technology. Google Geo assists over a billion users around the world to explore, navigate, and get things done.

“When I reflect on the journey of Google Maps over the past 15 years, I always remember that the experience nowadays is totally different than how it began. Navigation has changed throughout the years in a relatively short period of time, as I still can remember when we used big maps to reach our destinations,” Fitzpatrick said.

“It is not the transition from printed maps to digital maps only, it’s almost things we take for granted today, as Google Maps help in knowing the estimated time to reach their destination and explore conditions of traffic. Google Maps is an application that you can use anywhere in your pocket always,” she added.

She presented a slide showing the development of Google Maps, presenting all its versions.

Fitzpatrick continued: “Google Maps looks very different than its previous versions. How do I get from here to there? Over time, our mission has expanded from helping you navigate to also helping you discover the best places to go and things to do once you’re there. I remember seeing early versions of Google Maps and being amazed at how easily you could scroll, zoom, and search the world.”

“In earlier days, Google Maps has figured how to cover the entire world and that’s something we have made progress for a number of years. I also spent some time working on user experience, thinking of how to design our product to make it most useful, like how to design or where to put Print button on the page so that people could easily take their directions on the go,” she said.

Google mapped more than 200m places, of which 6.5bn bookmarked by users, across 220 countries to date, and added over 20m photos, reviews, ratings, and other pieces of content from users every day.

It also mapped more than 220 countries, surfaced information for about 200m places and businesses, and helped billions of people get from point A to point B with confidence. On an average day, users are navigating billions of kilometres.

“The world is always changing and we should always keep pace with these changes so to be updated, comprehensive, and accurate. New roads, neighbourhoods, and buildings were always added,” Fitzpatrick said.

Vice President of Google Dane Glasgow

She noted that her team worked with data operations team to manually trace common building outlines and develop machine learning models to recognise building edges and shapes.

“Google has mapped as many buildings in the last year as we did in the previous 10,” and is using the technology to better identify handwritten building numbers in areas where formal street signs are uncommon. In Nigeria’s Lagos, machine learning has helped Google Maps add 20,000 street names, 50,000 addresses, and 100,000 new businesses, she said.

Landscape of transportation has been also quickly changing rapidly. People use multiple types of transportation; walking, scooter, biking, motorcycle, or other types depending on the region where they live in.

The information that users are seeking from Google have been also changing. “Previously, people have been asking for restaurants by names, but in today world, people are expecting us to tell more and ask more complex questions. For example, users do not just ask about nearby pizza shop, but inquire about the best pizza shop, menu, when the restaurant will open, popular times of place, or which is the top plate in the restaurant,” she explained.

“Doing this well at scale requires a deep understanding of businesses and places which is where our active community of users comes in. Every day, people contribute more than 20m pieces of content to Google, like photos, reviews, and ratings. These contributions continually make our map richer and more helpful for everyone. They also power features like popular dishes at restaurants, up-to-date road closures, and wheelchair accessible routes. We’re also making it easy for you to get things done at these places within Google Maps—so you can go from finding a yoga studio to booking a class,” Fitzpatrick said.

For his part, Glasgow explained the roles of each of the new five updates of the app. He said that “Explore” helps users find a place nearby to grab lunch, enjoy live music, or play arcade games. This feature also provides information on places including ratings and reviews.

“Commute” helps the user make sure he’s on the most efficient route, whether traveling by car or public transit. Users can set up daily commute to get real-time traffic updates, travel times, and suggestions for alternative routes.

With “Saved”, people have saved more than 6.5bn places on Google Maps—from the new bakery across town to the famous restaurant on a vacation. Users can save new spots in one convenient place, for upcoming trips, and share recommendations based on places they’ve been.

“Contribute” allows hundreds of millions of people each year to contribute information that helps keep Google Maps up to date. With the new Contribute tab, users can easily share local knowledge, such as details about roads and addresses, missing places, business reviews, and photos.

“Updates” provides users with a feed of trending, must-see spots from local experts and publisher. In addition to discovering, saving, and sharing recommendations with their network.

“Our new transit features in the Google Maps help you stay informed when you’re taking public transportation,” Glasgow said. He explained that new insights were developed to help users plan travels with public transportation, which he said was expected to roll out globally in March. These insights include defining the condition of temperature and accessibility for special needs or for additional support. “Security Onboard” tells you if there is a security guard present, security cameras, and the number of carriages available on the subway.

Last year, Google Maps introduced a new feature enabling users to see how busy a certain train or bus could be based on user reviews, Glasglow noted.

These insights also include Women’s Section, as in regions where transit systems have designated women’s sections or carriages, and whether other passengers abide by it.

He said that last year, the app introduced “Live View” to help people quickly decide which way to go when you start a walking route with Google Maps. By combining Street View’s real-world imagery, machine learning, and smartphone sensors, Live View in Google Maps shows users surroundings with the directions overlaid in augmented reality.

“Over the coming months, we’ll be expanding Live View and testing new capabilities, starting with better assistance whenever you’re searching for a place. You’ll be able to quickly see how far away and in which direction a place is,” he added.

Daily News Egypt put questions to both Google officials about Google Maps’ features for motorcycle, personal information protection, and other new updates of the application.

How can Google Maps ensure protection of personal information?

In the latest app update, we’ve made it easier to access important account information like privacy settings, location sharing, and incognito mode, so that you can easily choose the settings that are right for you – just tap your account icon in the upper right-hand corner. We’ve introduced several changes over the last year to help you control your privacy. We introduced incognito mode for Maps, which means your Maps activity isn’t saved to your Google account. We provided auto-delete controls which allows Google to automatically delete your data so you keep only 3 to 18 months’ worth of data. We also allowed bulk delete in Timeline which helps you quickly find and delete multiple places from your Timeline and Location History all at once.

What is the difference between Nearby and Explore features?

In the Explore tab, you’ll find information, ratings, reviews, and more for about 200m places around the world, including local restaurants, nearby attractions, and city landmarks.

Will Google Maps feature ads in the updated app or in the future?

We don’t have any updates to share on this front at this time but broadly speaking, when it comes to ads in Maps, we know that Maps users are actively looking for commercial information and ads in Maps help connect users to the businesses they’re already looking for and care about. Ads in Maps are designed to integrate seamlessly into the natural Maps experience and we closely monitor how users respond to provide the best experience possible. For example, local campaigns are specifically designed to help local businesses drive visits to physical locations by showcasing those locations on Google Maps. We’re deeply focused on building an experience that is useful and not disruptive.

Can you tell us more details about how people can use Google Maps offline?

No data? No problem. You can still find your way even if you have spotty reception, an expensive data plan, or you are traveling abroad. You can download a map of an area so you can see directions and use turn by turn navigation even when you can’t get online.

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Mobile phone prices expected to hike due to Coronavirus fears https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/12/mobile-phone-prices-expected-to-hike-due-to-coronavirus-fears/ Wed, 12 Feb 2020 09:30:16 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721910 Karim Ghonaim, a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Cairo, said that the division discussed at its last meeting the extent of the impact on the Egyptian information and communications technology market, especially smartphone and computer sectors, given that several electronics factories in China were closed to 10 February.

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The Egyptian mobile market is waiting for Chinese factories to recommence their production lines, especially since mobile phone inventories are nearing depletion. Factories all over China have had to stop production due to the Coronavirus spreading around the country.

Karim Ghonaim, a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Cairo, said that the division discussed at its last meeting the extent of the impact on the Egyptian information and communications technology market, especially smartphone and computer sectors, given that several electronics factories in China were closed to 10 February.

He added that companies and distributors of smartphones usually keep a reserve stock before the Chinese New Year holiday because they know in advance that it is the largest leave period in China, but the current crisis arose on the back of the holiday.

He explained that stopping the import of electronic devices from China will affect the market, pointing to an increase in the negative impact on the market if the factories continue to shut down even after 10 February and it may cause a crisis in the electronic devices market.

For his part, Ahmed Abu Ouf, general manager at Eitsal Trading, the sole distributor of Honour Mobile Phones in Egypt, said that the effects of the Coronavirus will reflect in the Egyptian market starting next week if Chinese factories remain closed.

He added that around this time of year, factories and companies store a surplus of products due to the Chinese New Year, when many factories close for the holidays.

Bloomberg reported that Foxconn, the Chinese company contracted to manufacture iPhones, has given employees an open leave.

He believes that this week is the last opportunity to avoid the negative impact of Coronavirus on the mobile market in Egypt, and believes that if factories continue to stop working in the coming week, this will cause many phones to disappear from the market and merchants will raise prices of products currently in stock.

The latest statistics showed that the number of deaths rose to 908, in addition to two others outside China, as well as 3062 cases during the past 24 hours, which raised the total number of infected people on the Chinese mainland to 4,071.

On the other hand, one of the mobile dealers said that brands that are popular in the mobile market are the most affected due to the exhaust of supply.

He believes that Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, Huawei and Honour are the most affected by the Chinese factories shutdown.

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Twitter launches new policy to deal with synthetic, manipulated media https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/08/twitter-launches-new-policy-to-deal-with-synthetic-manipulated-media/ Sat, 08 Feb 2020 13:28:13 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721486 Globally, more than 70% of people who use Twitter said “taking no action” on misleading altered media would be unacceptable. Respondents were nearly unanimous in their support for Twitter providing additional information or context on Tweets that have this type of media.

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As part of its responsibility to create rules that are fair, and to set clear expectations for users, Twitter has announced plans to address synthetic and manipulated media. The company had recently sought input from its users around the world through  a survey  for Arabic, English, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese speaking countries.

Through the survey on its initial draft of this rule, twitter gathered more than 6,500 responses from people around the world. The company also consulted with a diverse, global group of civil society and academic experts on their draft approach. “Overall, people recognise the threat that misleading altered media poses and want Twitter to do something about it,” it said.

Globally, more than 70% of people who use Twitter said “taking no action” on misleading altered media would be unacceptable. Respondents were nearly unanimous in their support for Twitter providing additional information or context on Tweets that have this type of media.

Nearly 9 out of 10 individuals said placing warning labels next to significantly altered content would be acceptable. That is about as many who said it would be acceptable to alert people before they Tweet misleading or altered media.

Compared to placing warning labels, respondents were somewhat less supportive of removing or hiding Tweets that contained misleading altered media. For example, 55% of those surveyed in the US said it would be acceptable to remove all of such media. When asked to give their open-ended thoughts about the proposed rule, people who opposed the removal talked about the implications it has on freedeom of expression and censorship.

More than 90% of people who shared their feedback supported Twitter in removing this content when it’s clear that it is intended to cause certain types of harm.

More than 75% of people believe accounts that share misleading or altered media should be penalised in some way. Enforcement actions could include people on Twitter having to delete their Tweet or having their account suspended.

Twitter announced it will remove synthetic or manipulated media that are likely to cause harm. In addition, it may label Tweets containing synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand the media’s authenticity and to provide additional context.

Tweets also may be subject to providing additional explanations or clarifications, as available, such as a landing page with more context starting on 5 March 2020.

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Egyptian law obliges STC to present MTO for 100% of Vodafone Egypt https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/05/egyptian-law-obliges-stc-to-present-mto-for-100-of-vodafone-egypt/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 21:51:39 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721271 Telecom Egypt goes over options in Vodafone deal with investment bank

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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is required by law to submit a mandatory tender offer (MTO) for the 44.8% stake in Vodafone Egypt owned by Telecom Egypt (TE) and the 0.2% held by minority shareholders if it closes its bid to acquire the other 55% from Vodafone Group, in accordance with the Capital Markets Law No. 95/992, a source in the Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) said.

The law stipulates that an MTO must be presented by any party acquiring a majority stake in a company that has sold its shares through a public offering in a primary market at any point in time, even if the company is no longer listed at the time of acquisition. This applies to Vodafone Egypt, which was listed on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) until 2007.

The source noted that the conditions required to exclude STC from submitting an MTO are not available in this transaction unless the FRA agreed to exempt STC.

Article 353 of the law mentions the conditions required to obligate bidders to present an MTO, which include the acquisition of more than one-third of capital or one-third of voting rights, or the acquisition of more than half of the capital or half of the voting rights.

The MTO is also applied in the case of acquiring more than half of the capital or half of the voting rights not exceeding 75%, or in the case of acquiring more than 75% of the capital or voting rights.

Vodafone Egypt had offered 10% of its shares on the EGX in 2003, before Telecom Egypt purchased stakes. In 2006, Telecom Egypt made an offer to buy Vodafone shares to acquire a share of 24.4% at the time, raising its total stake to 48.9% of total Vodafone shares.

In 2007, Vodafone decided to delist from the EGX but it is still trading in an off-the-shelf market, which means that there are still small shareholders in the company’s ownership structure, which represents about 0.2% of the company’s shares.

According to the source, the STC must submit an MTO within 30 days of the date of acquisition, provided that the MTO price is no less than the highest price offered by the STC to Vodafone International Group.

The MTO aims to protect the rights of minority shareholders and offers them the opportunity to exit the company if they wish to sell their shares to the purchase offer’s owner.

Regarding the possibility of the Saudi company stepping out of the deal, the source said that the STC is not entitled to withdraw during its validity period, except in the case of substantial damage occurring or with the approval of the FRA head. In the event the company withdraws, it may not make a new purchase offer for the same company within six months from the date of withdrawing, and must increase it for a period of 12 months if it withdraws the MTO.

TE said, on Wednesday, said that the company is in the process of appointing an investment bank to study the Vodafone-STC deal’s investment options and opportunities after the telecommunication company decided to sell its stake in Vodafone Egypt.

Last month, Vodafone International signed a memorandum of understanding with the STC, where Vodafone will sell its stakes in Vodafone Egypt to STC. The stake will be sold for $2.4bn and amounts to 55% ownership of Vodafone Egypt. Currently, TE owns the other 45% of the company.

TE said in a statement to the EGX that it is studying those options and their implications according to the company’s rights under the shareholders’ agreement and the relevant Egyptian laws.

The company added that it addressed the FRA in accordance with the recommendation of its legal advisor to determine whether the potential deal is subject to the provisions of Chapter 12 of the Executive Regulations of the Capital Markets Law, concerning purchase offers with the intention of acquisition, or not.

The authority had previously informed Vodafone International that the potential deal is subject to the provisions of the aforementioned section of executive regulations.

The company emphasises that all options are still under study and that the main goal is to maximise the benefit of its shareholders from the opportunities currently available.

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Middle East retail sector adopts e-marketing models amid digital revolution https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/05/middle-east-retail-sector-adopts-e-marketing-models-amid-digital-revolution/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 18:46:48 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721470 The study pointed out that retailers place their focus primarily on enhancing customer experience, in an attempt to raise their competitiveness within targeted markets and attract the attention of a wider segment of buyers.

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Consumer behaviour and expectation in the Middle East are experiencing rapid changes, and retailers need to keep pace with emerging trends among customers, according to a recent study by Orient Planet Research and Galal and Karawi Management Consulting.

The study pointed out that retailers place their focus primarily on enhancing customer experience, in an attempt to raise their competitiveness within targeted markets and attract the attention of a wider segment of buyers.

In spite of these attempts, the market has witnessed a significant decline in the levels of brand loyalty in customers as they tend to move away from buying their favourite brands and opting for other options that guarantee a better value for their money.

The study’s results are consistent with the insights and conclusions of McKinsey, the global management consulting company, which found that Middle East customers have been spending more on e-shopping. These findings give evidence to the idea that shoppers have an increased awareness and interest in value-for-money, and are stepping away from brand loyalty.

They indicated that most shoppers are aged between 25 and 44, despite the steady expansion in the e-shopping customer segment.

Retailers view paid ads as an effective tool to reach this target segment. They are also benefiting of additional benefits offered by advertising platforms, such as product offering, remarketing, and marketing ads. In addition, companies are quickly adopting customised product recommendations provided by artificial intelligence technology via electronic platforms, which gives retailers an important opportunity to ensure the best results, which was confirmed by Microsoft and PSFK in their book titled “Retail Trends Playbook 2020”.

Specialised research indicates that the Middle East and North African (MENA) region is the fastest growing region among e-commerce markets, driven by an annual growth rate of 25%.

The steady growth is primarily due to several factors, most notably the ease of shopping and speed of delivery coupled with diverse payment options and the ability to check product quality through customer evaluations and ratings.

The UAE is the most advanced in electronic commerce in the region. Saudi Arabia comes second. A specialised study on e-commerce conducted by Visa Inc in June 2019 speculated that the retail sector in the UAE, both traditional and electronic, will achieve significant revenue growth of up to $63.8bn by 2023.

Meanwhile, Deloitte, in its annual report, entitled “Global Powers of Retailing 2019”, classified Majid Al Futtaim Holding Company in the UAE among the 250 best companies that managed to achieve the strongest growth rates in the fiscal year 2017.

Retail stores in the MENA region are exploring new ways to adapt to the changing behaviour of consumers, which are usually characterised by high levels of digital technology and social media use. However, shopping experiences and retail activities such as “Black Friday,” “Yellow Friday,” “White Friday,” and other retail offers, revealed that as people increasingly buy their needs online, traditional businesses and retailers continue their growth and prosperity.

The term “Webrooming” refers to a shopper browsing online stores, looking at their products and reviewing their ratings via social media or websites before purchasing a similar product from a traditional store. The term “Showrooming” also refers to shoppers who visit traditional stores to see the product and then use the Internet to get it at a cheaper price. Some may do this while at the store, using their cell phone.

The study advised traditional retail stores to implement the comprehensive channels strategy and adopt a marketing plan that allows consumers to integrate and continuously be part of the brand. This would happen using multiple channels such as traditional stores, web pages, social networks, smart applications, and mobile phones in order to maintain competitiveness within targeted markets. It pointed out that one of the main advantages of multiple channels is their ability to provide a unique consumer experience for shoppers.

In conclusion, the growing popularity of mobile shopping applications in the region reveals a new trend that indicates stores are no longer able to ignore the role of e-commerce, and that the presence of these stores on the Internet or in the mobile phone market will add great value to their business, while ensuring the highest levels of convenience for customers. The study said that brands work to enhance the experience of consumers at every point of contact with them, whether in a digital platform or in a traditional store.

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Next four years to see MEA gov’t sector spend $32bn on IT: Nexthink VP https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/05/next-four-years-to-see-mea-govt-sector-spend-32bn-on-it-nexthink-vp/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 10:26:16 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721473 We work with several Egyptian gov’t agencies to help them digitally transform their business, services

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Maged Eid, vice president of  Nexthink, said that the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT)’s Egypt’s 2030 Strategy for digital transformation is the right way forward in achieving economic progress. During his interview with Daily News Egypt, Eid talks about current developments in the Egyptian market, and the Middle East market at large, and where he believes the country should go from there.

Egypt is applying its own strategy of digital transformation. How does that affect the Egyptian market? Do you think that there are opportunities for your company to contribute to the implementation of this strategy?

Digital Transformation is disrupting the public sector globally. I believe the MCIT’s implementation of Egypt’s 2030 strategy for digital transformation is the right way forward to achieve economic progress, international competitiveness, and improve services.  As we can see, the government has initiated 20 different projects since moving ahead with this strategy. We believe this will help to create further jobs, especially in the tech sector and provide a host of opportunities for Egypt.

We can definitely help organisations and governmental efforts to accelerate their Digital Transformation agenda and strategy.

The key thing to understand is that any transformation needs technology like ours to analyse data to be able to provide insightful meaning. Our software gives IT more visibility and insights by combining certain sets of metrics with employee feedback of their actual experience. This enables an organisation to make smart real-time IT decisions, which will help it achieve its core business objectives.

What is your vision for the market in the Middle East and Egypt, especially during the coming period?

Digital innovation is a major driver of opportunity, productivity, and creativity. Egypt is one of our key markets and we are working very closely with our customers to achieve their digital transformation goals.

What are the prospects for growth in the technology market in the region and Egypt in light of the increased dependence on modern technologies such as AI, the Internet of things, and cloud computing?

AI is progressively becoming a disruptive technology that is redefining lives and jobs. It has become an integral part of how digital transformation impacts industries. According to IDC, the next four years will see the MEA  government sector spend $32bn in IT, with digital transformation being the top priority for governments.

AI will drive further investments in these technologies, especially from the public, education, healthcare, service, and manufacturing sectors. The Egyptian Government recently announced that it aims to have 7.7% of its GDP derived through AI by 2030.

What are the most prominent solutions offered by your company that may gain opportunities in Egypt?

Nexthink helps IT teams meet the needs of the modern digital workplace, as our products allow enterprises to create highly productive digital workplaces for their employees through a unique combination of real-time analytics, automation, and employee feedback.

On average, every employee loses 22 minutes a day trying to deal with IT issues and only 50% of problems are ever reported to the IT department. What typically happens is that a company invests a lot in the back -end IT infrastructure, but they don’t take into account the technological experiences of an employee (end-user). Why is this important? If an employee does not have the right tools or capabilities, they are less likely to be productive and motivated to do their jobs.

Nexthink’s platform provides a robust way of gathering metrics and end user sentiment in order to proactively find problems that the IT department were previously unaware of – enhancing productivity and collaboration. Today, Nexthink is the only company to provide enterprises with a way to visualise, act, and engage across the entire IT ecosystem to lower IT cost and improve digital employee experience.

As well as being able to monitor and measure the digital employee experience, we have two modules that can enable companies to deliver continuous improvements – Act and Engage. Act remediates problems quickly by pin-pointing the issues across the entire employee network, assessing the impact and taking immediate action within seconds.

Engage goes a step further and engages with the end-user, breaking down the wall between IT and employees. For example, we inform the user that we are aware they have experienced a performance issue and the problem has been resolved and to rate their experience with IT. This gives the organisation an opportunity to make the end-user part of the decision-making cycle, which will help to better align the business while increasing productivity and delivering higher end-user satisfaction with IT.

What are your plans regarding cooperation with the Egyptian government in implementing projects, especially as Egypt has become a promising market in information technology in light of the government adopting ambitious plans in this sector?

We work with several Egyptian government agencies to help them digitally transform their businesses and services.

How do you see your company’s presence in the region and is there a plan to expand?

We have a strong presence in Egypt and it is a key country for Nexthink’s business growth. Some of our key customers are from the government, defence, financial, hospitality healthcare, and manufacturing sector.

In 2020, we will look into regional expansion by increasing our team strength and strengthening our partnership with our channel network.

What is the rate of growth expected to be achieved in the near future?

This isn’t information that we would share publicly. We have experienced phenomenal growth over the last few years and fully expect that trend to continue as the demand for digital experience management continues to grow within enterprises across the world.

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Vodafone Egypt Wins Top Employer 2019 Thanks To Impressive Occupational Health And Safety Standards https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/05/vodafone-egypt-wins-top-employer-2019-thanks-to-impressive-occupational-health-and-safety-standards/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 02:39:08 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=721342 Vodafone Egypt was recently named Top Employer 2019 by the Top Employer Global Institute. This is now the second year in a row Vodafone Egypt has received this impressive title — largely thanks to the organization’s commitment to its unique, diverse and “progressive people-first human resource practices,” as well as their excellent workplace health and safety standards. In its …

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Vodafone Egypt was recently named Top Employer 2019 by the Top Employer Global Institute. This is now the second year in a row Vodafone Egypt has received this impressive title — largely thanks to the organization’s commitment to its unique, diverse and “progressive people-first human resource practices,” as well as their excellent workplace health and safety standards. In its impressive 25-year run, the Top Employer Global Institute has certified as many as 1,500 businesses spanning 118 different countries. The award is considered to be one of the most coveted and prestigious human resource awards in existence.
Vodafone’s excellent workplace health and safety standards
The Top Employer Global Institute recognized Vodafone Egypt for achieving excellent standards across numerous different aspects of the workplace — including health and safety, environment and culture, employee learning and development, leadership development, talent strategy, performance management, career and succession management, and compensation and benefits. Additionally, the company has established the “Vodafone Way” to provide all employees with opportunities for professional growth and career progression. But, above all, Vodafone Egypt focuses on safeguarding the well-being of their employees. The company, therefore, adheres to both local Egyptian legislation regarding occupational health and safety, as well as international Vodafone Group Occupational Health and Safety standards throughout its operations. Additionally, the Vodafone Egypt Health & Safety team works hard to create and maintain a safe workplace environment for each and every one of their employees.
The importance of improving occupational health and safety in Egypt
Vodafone Egypt’s commitment to occupational health and safety sets a fantastic example for other Egyptian businesses across the nation. Workplace health and safety in Egypt has been criticized in the past for being poorly monitored and lacking acceptable standards. At least 317 million non-fatal occupational accidents occur each year across the world, resulting in roughly 321,000 casualties in total,  statistics from the International Labour Organisation reveal. 151 workers sustain a work-related accident every 15 seconds. Moreover, work-related diseases pose an even greater threat — they’re responsible for the deaths of 2.02 million workers every year and affect 160 million workers in total.
Workers’ comp insurance: protecting employer and employee
It’s essential that Egyptian businesses commit to improving occupational health and safety. As part of this, businesses of every industry should consider investing in workers’ compensation insurance. If an employee becomes injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance protects the business owner from expensive lawsuits and provides the employee with reasonable and necessary compensation, including, lost wages and medical expenses,  Cerity Insurance explains. The employer is also protected, as the insurance ensures employees no longer have the right to sue the employer for negligence in exchange for the benefits.
As recognized by the Top Employer Global Institute, Vodafone Egypt is leading the way in health and safety in the workplace. It’s important that Egyptian businesses follow in their footsteps. Improving occupational health and safety and investing in workers’ compensation insurance reduces work-related accidents and injuries and helps ensure happy, healthy and productive employees.

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Acceptable internet services; some problems with voice services: NTRA report https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/03/acceptable-internet-services-some-problems-with-voice-services-ntra-report/ Sun, 02 Feb 2020 22:04:59 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720991 According to NTRA’s statement, the service tests were conducted throughout the month for approximately 24,000 sqkm of populated areas in various governorates, divided into nearly 81 cities and neighborhoods

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The National Centre for Quality Control of Communications Services of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) released the results of the December 2019 quality measurements for voice and internet services provided by telecommunications companies operating in Egypt.

According to NTRA’s statement, the service tests were conducted throughout the month for approximately 24,000 sqkm of populated areas in various governorates, divided into nearly 81 cities and neighborhoods. The measurements were made for voice and data services by making thousands of test calls in addition to mobile data services tests.

Vodafone:
Some 81 cities and neighbourhoods were tested, 35 of which still suffer from problems in the quality of audio services, the most important of which are in Cairo’s Badr City, Obour City, Heliopolis, Nasr City, Salam City, Shubra, Zamalek, Downtown, Helwan, Al Muqattam, Al Rehab, and Al Shorouk City, in addition to the Sheikh Zayed region in Giza. The east of Alexandria regions 1,2,4, and 5 and western Alexandria 2 also showed problems.

Etisalat:
The NTRA measured the service in 81 neighbourhoods and cities, and the results showed that 25 cities continued to be affected by problems in the quality of voice services, the most important of these areas are in Cairo and Giza, Obour, Badr City, Nasr City 2, Abbasiya, Manial, Shubra Al Khaima, Helwan 1, Helwan 2, Muqattam, Shorouk, Haddayek El Koba, Heliopolis, Imbaba, and in West Alexandria 2.

Orange:
NTRA tested the service in 81 neighborhood and cities, where 34 regions showed problems including Obour, Helwan 1 and 2, Imbaba, and in East Alexandria 2, 4 and 5, West Alexandria 1 and 2, and Marsa Matrouh.

WE:
Some 81 cities have been tested, of which about 49 neighbourhoods still had problems, including Badr City, Obour, Al Rehab, Al Shorouq, Heliopolis, Nasr City 2, Al Marg, Al Manial, Shubra Al Khaima, Zamalek, Downtown, Helwan, Maadi, Muqattam, Sheikh Zayed, 6th of October, Faisal, Al Haram, Imbaba, Mohandessin, East Alexandria 3 and 4, West Alexandria 1 and 2, North Coast, and Marsa Matrouh.
The report showed that data services are at an acceptable level across all networks.

According to the NTRA, the quality of voice and data service has been evaluated according to a number of internationally accepted standards of service quality.

The quality of the audio services was evaluated according to several criteria, the most important of which was the rate of non-commencement of calls, the rate of interruption of calls, and the sound quality. Meanwhile, the data service quality test for mobiles was evaluated according to its own list of criteria, the most important of which was the speed of downloading data.

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STC delegation meets TE officials after Vodafone Egypt acquisition offer https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/02/stc-delegation-meets-telecom-egypt-officials-after-vodafone-egypt-acquisition-offer/ Sun, 02 Feb 2020 19:20:45 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720965 STC and Vodafone International Group agreed to sell the latter’s majority stake in Vodafone Egypt to STC for $2.4bn.

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A delegation from the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) visited Telecom Egypt (TE) on Sunday, a few days after a former offer made by STC to acquire 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt, of which TE holds 45%, a source in the telecommunication sector told Daily News Egypt.

The STC delegation was led by CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser. The visit included a meeting between the teams of  STC and TE. No details have yet been announced.

STC and Vodafone International Group agreed to sell the latter’s majority stake in Vodafone Egypt to STC for $2.4bn.

TE said last Wednesday, it was closely following the procedures of the possible acquisition deal. It said in a statement to the Egyptian Exchange that it was considering how it would deal with its investments in Vodafone Egypt.

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Vodafone Egypt revenue increase by €116m in six months https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/02/vodafone-egypts-revenue-increase-by-e116m-in-six-months/ Sun, 02 Feb 2020 14:30:56 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720920 The revenues of Vodafone Egypt in the second quarter (Q2) increased by €43m, to record €356m, compared to €313m in Q1 FY 2019-2020.

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Vodafone Egypt achieved revenues worth EGP 12.9bn, equivalent to 694m, during the first half (H1) of the current fiscal year (FY), an increase of 116m H2 of last FY.

The FY for Vodafone International begins on 1 April and ends 31 March, with H1 of FY 2019-2020 spanning from April 2019 to September 2019.

The revenues of Vodafone Egypt in the second quarter (Q2) increased by 43m, to record 356m, compared to 313m in Q1 FY 2019-2020.

According to the results of Vodafone International Group, Vodafone Egypt garnered adjusted operating profit of EGP 4.3bn, equivalent to €233m during H2 FY 2019-2020, compared to €181m in H2 FY 2018-2019.

And Vodafone Global considered the EGP to euro  exchange rate EGP  18.7 per euro during the H1 FY 2019-2020.

The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) announced Wednesday its agreement to purchase Vodafone International Group’s stake in Vodafone Egypt, which operates in the field of mobile services, for $ 2.4bn.

Vodafone International owns 55% of Vodafone Egypt, while Telecom Egypt (TE), which represents the Egyptian government, has the remaining 45%.

According to the parent company’s business results, Vodafone Egypt is seventh in terms of revenue coming right behind Turkey and before both Portugal and Greece.

Vodafone  had about 39.8 million customers in Egypt by the end of H1 FY 2019-220, of whom 10% are billed customers, and the rest are prepaid customers, compared to 39.3 million customers in H2 FY 2018-2019, recording a 500,000 customer increase.

The number of fixed internet customers with the company was 605,000 in H1 FY 2019-2020, compared to 567,000 customers in H2 FY 2018-2019.

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Egypt among other markets Vodafone has left behind https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/02/egypt-among-other-markets-vodafone-has-left-behind/ Sun, 02 Feb 2020 14:28:15 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720918 Reed confirmed that the reason behind leaving Egypt is to focus investments in other markets according to Vodafone's strategy, stressing that the Egyptian market was among the best in which Vodafone has worked in for more than 20 years.

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The Egyptian mobile market is not the only market that Vodafone Group decided exit from recently, as the group previously exited several other global markets within the past two years.

Nicholas Reed, CEO of Vodafone Global Group, met with Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly and Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, to inform them of Vodafone’s global intention to sell its shares in Vodafone Egypt to the Saudi company.

Reed confirmed that the reason behind leaving Egypt is to focus investments in other markets according to Vodafone’s strategy, stressing that the Egyptian market was among the best in which Vodafone has worked in for more than 20 years.

During the past few years, Vodafone exited a number of international markets, some of which through mergers with other companies or by selling shares to other competitors. The most prominent markets that Vodafone exited from were Japan and Sweden, in addition to the American market. Vodafone is considered one of the largest telecommunications providers in the world. The English company decided to leave America due to a disagreement on the company’s trade name during its partnership with Verizon Communications. In the past two years, the company also left New Zealand, Malta, and India.

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Mandatory purchase offer must be made for TE’s share: FRA https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/02/mandatory-purchase-offer-must-be-made-for-tes-share-fra/ Sun, 02 Feb 2020 14:27:44 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720915 The FRA source told Daily News Egypt (DNE) that the FRA was not officially notified by any company of the updates yet.

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A source at the Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) revealed that Saudi Telecom Company’s (STC) acquisition of Vodafone International’s share in Vodafone Egypt requires the Saudi company to offer a compulsory 100% purchase of Vodafone Egypt.

The FRA source told Daily News Egypt (DNE) that the FRA was not officially notified by any company of the updates yet.

Both companies announced their agreement for

the STC to buy Vodafone International Group’s share of Vodafone Egypt, worth $2.4bn.

Vodafone International owns 55% of Vodafone Egypt, while TE, representing the Egyptian government, has the remaining 45%.

The two companies issued separate statements last Wednesday, in which they confirmed that they await the rest of the acquisition measures in the coming months in preparation for the completion of the deal by the end of June, and the final acquisition will be determined at that time.

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TE’s preemption may intefere in STC-Vodafone deal https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/02/tes-preemption-may-intefere-in-stc-vodafone-deal/ Sun, 02 Feb 2020 14:24:00 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720901 The company has the right to acquire Vodafone Egypt's full shares on the condition they offer a similar deal to STC: Legal source

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Vodafone International Group and Saudi Communications Company (STC) have announced signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to sell the group’s 55% stake in Vodafone Egypt to the Saudi company, according to a statement by Vodafone on Wednesday.

Vodafone International Group’s share in Vodafone Egypt is valued at about

$2.392bn.

According to the statement, the two companies are to conclude agreements once completing the necessary procedures and receiving the final approvals from concerned parties. The companies will also need to complete the financial due diligence examination of Vodafone Egypt before it switches hands.

The selling is expected to be completed by the end of June 2020.

A legal source in the communications sector said that Vodafone International is able to sell its shares in Vodafone Egypt without providing an offer to Telecom Egypt (TE) under preemption unless it is clearly stated in the shareholders’ agreement or the company’s statute.

He explained that the two parties may receive the Financial Regulatory Authority’s (FRA) approval to exempt the deal from preemption if present in the shareholders’ agreement.

For his part, Ayman Essam, director of legal and foreign affairs in Vodafone Egypt, said the preemption item is present in the shareholders’ agreement between TE and Vodafone International. This means that once the final price of the deal is determined, it will be presented to TE.

He added that TE has the right to present a parallel offer, provided that it would be identical to the first offer presented by STC, in which case it would be entitled to acquire Vodafone Egypt entirely.

TE previously said in a statement that it closely follows the measures of selling Vodafone’s share in Vodafone Egypt.

The company added that it has been studying all available alternatives for dealing with its investments in Vodafone Egypt, which is within the company’s rights in accordance with the shareholders’ agreement and the final draft of the acquisition.

On the other hand, a source in the communications sector ruled out that TE would make an offer similar to STC’s to acquire the rest of Vodafone Egypt’s shares. This is due to the rise in the financial offer’s value, which does not match TE’s financial situation at the moment.

The source said that TE has made many investments in its infrastructure in the last two years, in addition to paying more than EGP 5bn for purchasing 4G licences. It has also made investments as a mobile operator in ‘’WE’’ network, which reduces its chances in making a financial offer similar to STC’s.

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Tempting offer, matching Vodafone group’s strategy: source https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/02/02/tempting-offer-matching-vodafone-groups-strategy-source/ Sun, 02 Feb 2020 14:22:48 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720911 The Vodafone Group acquired Egypt’s VOIS for EGP 1bn in November

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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) agreed to acquire Vodafone International’s share in Vodafone Egypt for $ 2.4bn.

Nicholas Reed, CEO of Vodafone International, said in a press statement that selling the group’s share in Vodafone Egypt comes in line with the group’s strategy to stimulate investments in international markets. The company also plans to achieve the best return for shareholders by focusing on European and African markets while trying to reduce the net debt burden.

He added that the group’s presence in the Egyptian market  witnessed many successes over the years, and that the market would continue to provide many benefits as the company continued with its long-term partnership agreement alongside Vodafone International Services Company (VOIS).

Ahmed Ramadan, investment associate, said there are several reasons that led Vodafone to leave the mobile market in Egypt, the most important of which is the state of saturation the market saw , both in terms of new subscribers and profitability.

Ramadan added that despite Vodafone Egypt’s annual profits, these profits are faced by huge investments and the difficulty of settling these profits at the same rates in the coming years. This is due to the market’s fierce competition and the state of saturation it suffered from.

Ramadan believes that the presence of TE as a partner in Vodafone Egypt and a competitor through “WE” is considered a motive for Vodafone International’s exit. However, this provided a good opportunity for Vodafone International to find a buyer for its shares, which has reached about EGP 38.5bn.

A source at the communications sector told Daily News Egypt  that Vodafone International focused on outsourcing services due to the prevalence of trained human cadres, saying that this is evident through Vodafone International’s acquisition of the Vodafone Outsourcing company, a subsidiary of Vodafone Egypt, for EGP 1bn. This was back in November, the same month Vodafone started negotiations with STC to sell its share in Vodafone Egypt.

About 7,800 Egyptian youths work in VOIS. It offers its services to a number of regional and European markets.

The source explained that Vodafone International was looking for a profitable way out of the mobile market, which is what it found in the STC deal.

Ayman Essam, director of legal and external affairs in Vodafone Egypt, said that the negotiations with STC had been taking place for quite some time now in secrecy, but had finally reached an agreement in November.

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STC acquires stake in Vodafone Egypt, to use Vodafone trademark and services https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/29/stc-acquires-stake-in-vodafone-egypt-to-use-vodafone-trademark-and-services/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:30:15 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720477 In the event of the transaction’s completion, both parties intend to conclude a partnership agreement that will allow STC to use the Vodafone trademark and other Vodafone services.

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The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) agreed to acquire Vodafone International’s stake in Vodafone Egypt for $2.4bn. The two companies will complete the remaining procedures within the coming months in preparation of the deal’s completion, scheduled for June, provided that the final acquisition cost is determined by then.

In the event of the transaction’s completion, both parties intend to conclude a partnership agreement that will allow STC to use the Vodafone trademark and other Vodafone services.

Nasser Al-Nasser, CEO of STC Group, said that the potential acquisition would depend on the results of both parties’ due diligence.

Nick Reid, CEO of Vodafone Group, said that this potential deal supports the company’s vision to increase its geographical presence in two regions, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. This deal comes in a time when Vodafone is looking to reduce its debt and increase its value to shareholders.

After STC completes its side of the deal, any binding agreement regarding this transaction will require the necessary approvals of both the boards of STC and Vodafone, and the relevant regulatory authority.

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Etisal organises workshop to train human cadres on digital transformation https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/29/etisal-organises-workshop-to-train-human-cadres-on-digital-transformation/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:30:48 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720763 Speakers highlighted the most prominent trends in the field of training and improving employees’ efficiency. Sherif Amer, HR expert, stressed the importance of having an outlook for the future in the field of training and hiring during the technological revolution.

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Etisal has organised a human resources workshop for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), under the title “Talent Development and HR Forum”, which saw the participation of more than 80 companies. It is the first event by Etisal in 2020.

Speakers highlighted the most prominent trends in the field of training and improving employees’ efficiency. Sherif Amer, HR expert, stressed the importance of having an outlook for the future in the field of training and hiring during the technological revolution.

According to Gartner – a global research and advisory firm providing information, advice, and tools for IT – finance, HR, customer service and support, communications, applications of artificial intelligence, and emerging technologies such as virtual personal assistant and chatbots programmes are expanding rapidly in the business sector. Gartner expects these technologies to reduce approximately 69% of the daily workload of managers by 2024.

It added that applications that focus on innovation and artificial intelligence are responsible for improving the team’s experience, developing their skills, and enhancing organisational efficiency in terms of the responsible use of artificial intelligence.

Nearly 75% of senior recruitment officials said that lack of talents will have a major impact on institutions.

During the workshop, Hossam Osman, Adviser to the Minister of Communications and Vice President of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), reviewed the achievements made in the Next Technology Leaders initiative, especially in light of the scarcity of human resources trained at the highest professional level.

Osman said that universities in Egypt cannot keep up with the technological developments, and this is why the role of the initiative is important.

He added that the initiative provides a high-quality educational system through self-learning platform Massive Open Online Courses, and that subjects are based on cooperative efforts between prominent universities, and leading companies. The platform includes the best training courses by the most prominent universities in the world, including Harvard and MIT.

The initiative includes more than 42 training courses, including the specialties of Blockchain, e-marketing, cyber security, and others.

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Egypt ninth in mobile internet speeds in Africa https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/29/egypt-ninth-in-mobile-internet-speeds-in-africa/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:00:38 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720760 According to Speedtest Global Index, the country with the fastest average mobile internet speed in December 2019 was South Korea, recording 103.18 Mbps. The monthly ranking index While added that the UAE came second climbing two ranks with an average speed of 86.77 Mbps, followed by Qatar with speeds averaging 79.21 Mbps. Canada came fourth …

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According to Speedtest Global Index, the country with the fastest average mobile internet speed in December 2019 was South Korea, recording 103.18 Mbps.

The monthly ranking index

While added that the UAE came second climbing two ranks with an average speed of 86.77 Mbps, followed by Qatar with speeds averaging 79.21 Mbps. Canada came fourth with 7.074 Mbps average speed.

As for

Egypt, it ranked 108th globally and ninth in Africa, with an average mobile internet speed of 16.89 Mbps.

In Africa, South Africa took the lead with an average speed of 31.36 Mbps. Tunisia came second with 25.32 Mbps, and Senegal came third with 23.22 Mbps.

In the fourth place came Mozambique with an average speed of 21.27 Mbps, followed by Angola with 20.84 Mbps, Kenya with 20.64 Mbps, Ghana with 18.38 Mbps, and Ethiopia with 17.57 Mbps in eighth place.

Notably, Egypt climbed 34 places on the fixed broadband internet speed index ranking 97th globally and sixth in Africa, with an average speed of 26.52 Mbps December 2019, compared to 6.5 Mbps in the same period in 2018.

In terms of fixed broadband internet,

According to the index,

Madagascar came first in Africa with an average speed of 37 Mbps, followed by Ghana with 33.4 Mbps. DR Congo came third with an average speed of 29.5 Mbps, Cape Verde was fourth with 29 Mbps, and then South Africa with 26.8 Mbps.

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Uber taxi in Cairo https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/29/uber-taxi-in-cairo/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:30:01 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720758 According to the source, Uber will get a 19% commission from taxi drivers on the cost of each trip, including 2% VAT.

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Uber has launched the “white taxi” service in Cairo with the aim of creating more economic opportunities for taxi drivers, and providing more options for passengers.
A source at Uber told Daily News Egypt that the company started operating its transport services via Cairo’s white taxis a few days ago, and that it would officially announce the service in the coming weeks. Careem allows taxi drivers to join under its umbrella through the application since 2016.
The source said that the base fare is EGP 7.25, plus EGP 2.5 per km, up to EGP 3 after 30 kilometres, as well as EGP 0.35 per minute of waiting time. The minimum charge is EGP 12.
According to the source, Uber will get a 19% commission from taxi drivers on the cost of each trip, including 2% VAT.
Uber employs more than 150,000 captains who passenger cars through UberX and Uber Select.
According to the White Taxi Drivers and Owners Association, the number of white taxi cars in Egypt is estimated at 376,000 with a market value exceeding EGP 75bn.

The Competition Protection Agency approved at the end of December Uber’s absorption of its rival company Careem under the condition that it protects both passengers and drivers and ensures the ability of new operators to enter the market.

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MCIT opens updates of  national network for medical services https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/29/mcit-opens-updates-of-national-network-for-medical-services/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 10:00:49 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720757 An official source at the MCIT said that the project was meant to streamline diagnostics and treatment services for citizens, bringing the average wait time from two months to 48 hours.

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The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has completed the first stage of developing the national network for faster medical services for patients.

An official source at the MCIT said that the project was meant to streamline diagnostics and treatment services for citizens, bringing the average wait time from two months to 48 hours.

The source added that they now have SMS messaging services in order to follow up on procedures that require aftercare, giving the patient the option not to go to hospital.

This is in addition to providing remote diagnostic services like the new video conferencing system for harder to reach locations in the country. This allows doctors to communicate with patients without the patient needing to travel far distances to reach the hospital. Once a health care provider reaches an official diagnosis, the decision is issued to the patient easily and conveniently, according to the diagnosis.

This also helped in eliminating mediation, by quickly giving only beneficiaries access to the service.

According to the official, the project also utilises a citizen’s national ID number during follow up in order to ensure that the exchange is not reimbursed under a different name and prevent having several separate files for the same patient.

He said that the project was based on establishing a national network for treatment by linking the specialised medical council, which is the body concerned with issuing treatment decisions, with hospitals and centres providing medical services

The project provides the possibility of submitting applications from governorates. The project also provides follow-up for treatment decisions with the aim of controlling and organising the hospitalisation process.

The source said that the project’s main information centre is fully ready. It is located at the headquarters of medical councils in Nasr City. A backup headquarters was also established at the Ministry of Health.

In addition, 40 sub-sites were connected through a VPN network distributed throughout the governorates, in addition to linking 160 government hospitals across the country.

After the development, the project helped to quickly obtain treatment decisions for citizens by treating 5,000 treatment requests per day and reducing the decision-making period to 48 hours.

The source revealed that the second phase of the project already under way, which includes establishing an automated system for follow up services and expanding the use of SMS messaging. Patients will also be able to inquire about services and the organisation of e-archives.

The second stage also includes the maintenance of the main centre and the backup centre for the project for a period of 5 years. It also includes the completion of the automation of hospital treatment decisions and treatment plan , along with the development of a file management system attached to patient treatment requests.

In addition, a mechanism was developed using SMS to allow patients to follow-up on their requests and provide technical support for the information system for five years.

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Communication ministry provides 20 electronic services via digital means https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/26/communication-ministry-provides-20-electronic-services-via-digital-means/ Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:54:26 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720232 During the past year, the MCIT cooperated with the Administrative Control Authority. The Ministry of Planning, follow-up the  administrative reform,  in building an integrated database, with 60 , so far, finalised in different sectors.

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The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is implementing the State’s strategy for digitisation by enabling all sectors of the country to complete digital transformation projects. The ministry is working with all state agencies to develop the digital system of the new capital and to become a digital government based on a participatory electronic environment between various ministries, institutions, and state agencies in a digitally inclusive manner.

During the past year, the MCIT cooperated with the Administrative Control Authority. The Ministry of Planning, follow-up the  administrative reform,  in building an integrated database, with 60 , so far, finalised in different sectors.

The Ministry of Communications also succeeded in digitising more than 20 government services and made them available through various channels. They will be made available through mobile phone applications, digital platforms, and government service centres. This came in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning in addition to the communication centres and Egypt Post offices.

The Ministry of Communications also cooperated with the Ministry of Culture to work on the establishment of a digital platform for Egyptian cultural content. All activities of the Ministry of Culture, including audiovisual material, books, documents, and blogs shall be included and secured, with the availability policy in accordance with rules established by the Ministry of Culture. These policies guarantee the protection of intellectual property rights and the rights of publishers.

The ministry, represented in NTRA, is working to supervise the execution of an ambitious plan to modernise communication infrastructure. It began with replacing copper cables with fibre optic cables, and an increase in the number of smart collection units to improve the quality of communications services throughout the country, with a particular focus on smart cities, and new urban communities. This is in addition to cooperating with companies operating in the sector to cover remote areas and strategic roads of communications services.

The MCIT, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, has also developed the educational system. Telecom Egypt provided the telecommunications network infrastructure to provide high-speed Internet services using fibre-optic technology for 2,563 secondary schools in all governorates. The Ministry also linked 4,500km fibre optics cables to non-secondary schools.

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Egypt establishes 3 integrated electronic lab complexes https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/26/egypt-establishes-3-integrated-electronic-lab-complexes/ Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:44:35 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720228 a source in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) said the Information Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA) executed three integrated electronic laboratory complexes.

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In line with President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s initiative “Egypt Makes Electronics” for boosting electronics design & manufacturing in Egypt,

a source in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) said the Information Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA) executed three integrated electronic laboratory complexes.

Each complex contains three laboratories, namely, an Internet of Things plant, smart cities, multi-layered electronic circuit manufacturing laboratory, and an electronics prototyping laboratory, which creates an integrated environment to support the design stages of electronic systems and products. This starts from the design idea, to the design implementation and development, and then manufacturing and collecting printed boards. Then, initial prototypes of the product’s external frame or its casing are made, until the complete product is reached.

The source added that a memorandum of understanding had been signed between the MCIT to establish an internationally accredited electronic testing and certification laboratory at the industrial complex of the technological zone in Sadat City. It is considered the first laboratory inside in Arab and African region concerned with testing, checking, and approving communication equipment and electronic devices, such as mobile phones, satellites, Internet of Things sensors, radio frequency systems, and GPS trackers.

According to the source, the establishment of this lab is very effective in stimulating the local manufacture of telecommunications and electronics equipment, raising the competitiveness of local products and increasing its export opportunities. This happens through the issuance of internationally certified quality certificates for locally manufactured products. It also happens by testing and ensuring imported products from abroad comply with specifications standards, and preventing bad products from entering the local market, keeping Egyptian products competitive, without the need to send equipment to laboratories abroad for testing and certification.

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Digital transformation to be implemented in 5 governorates by mid-year https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/26/digital-transformation-to-be-implemented-in-5-governorates-by-mid-year/ Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:40:44 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720220 The second axis is the launch of three main services through digital means: Internet sites,  mobile applications, and hotlines, for real-estate, supply, and traffic documentation services.

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Khaled Al Attar, deputy minister of communications and information technology for administrative development, digital transformation and mechanisation, said that the second stage of Egypt’s digital transformation will take place through two main axes.

Al-Attar added that the first is based on the transformation of five governorates into digital cities, similarly to Port said.

The second axis is the launch of three main services through digital means: Internet sites,  mobile applications, and hotlines, for real-estate, supply, and traffic documentation services.

Al-Attar expects the completion of this plan within the first half of this year.

The digital transformation system aims at rationalising state resources and governance of government performance, as well as providing services to citizens more easily, efficiently, and comprehensively.

The Ministry of Communications linked 800 governmental buildings to a fibre-optic network in Port Said governorate as a pilot project for digital transformation, and in the second stage 1,200 governmental buildings will be connected in five governorates. The government also plans to connect 33,000 governmental buildings in 27 governorates to this network within 36 months, at a cost of EGP 5.5bn.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Communications (MCIT) last Monday, Amr Talaat, the MCIT minister, received 20 projects for digital transformation and service mechanisation from Hala Al-said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development.

The 20 projects include the national digital transformation project, law enforcement projects, the development of litigation procedures, the development of traffic unit and unit systems, the development of real estate offices, and the development of commercial registry offices (economic enterprises), and services of the Ministry of Interior.

These projects also include vaccinations centres, the development of pharmacological registration, hospital automation, birth registration, and patient exit and entry automation, alongside the automation of tumour centres, central laboratories, care beds, health services, public service delivery  and electronic, government services outlets.

These projects also include electronic coordination, the General Contract outlet, and office of citizens services, in addition to some digital transformation services in Port Said.

This comes in light of the Cabinet’s decision regarding the transferring of specialties from the Ministry of Administrative Reform in the field of digital transformation to the MCIT.

As of December 2019, the Ministry of Planning has also upgrade 239 traffic prosecution systems, automation of 196 traffic units,  94 commercial registry offices, as well as linking 62 government agencies through the government data exchange system.

It also completed the development of 119 courts, 89 police stations, and 29 forensic medicine stations, according to the statement.

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E-Commerce latest strategies to double online business https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/26/e-commerce-latest-strategies-to-double-online-business/ Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:03:13 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=720180 Egypt's internet commerce scene is still in its first steps for growing and reaching its potential. But with incentives initiated by the Government and private companies, it looks great for the e-Commerce industry.

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Egypt’s internet commerce scene is still in its first steps for growing and reaching its potential. But with incentives initiated by the Government and private companies, it looks great for the e-Commerce industry. The taken-off e-Commerce in Egypt is quite Improving but needs more elements in the upcoming years. Information and Communication technology evolution has played a very important role in uplifting the sector. Its evolution has affected the way businesses are managed both internally and externally by creating new goods, services, delivery channels. By which the organization can enhance the relationship with customers.
Although, it was reported that the Egyptian system lacks the potential commitment, institutional capacity to implement a reform program. However, there are major strategic plans for uplifting/upbringing the sector with increased exposure to technology and the youth highly depends on the internet this, e-Commerce is the in the current generation is widely observed across the region.
Egypt being a developing country with an economic transition, has invested in building its Information Technology. (IT). In 1994, the internet became property for the government, public and private sector as a tool for business and socio-economic development which established the base of e-Commerce in the country. Following the usage of internet and technology, proper strategies, programs and policies were conducted in the past decade to double the online business with beneficial exposure.

E-Summit 2018/2019
In 2018, a grass-roots movement, to stir up the conversation of the potential online business, E-summit was consecutively conducted for two years. The following year’s event also received a huge success. It is a platform to educate and revise the awareness of the inner workings of e-Commerce and a unique chance for top players to emerge with new service providers and industry leaders. The summit event includes presentations, workshops, interviews, masterclasses and much more to educate people about the importance of e-Commerce.

Partnership with UNCTAD to boost e-commerce
The Egyptian Government also partnered with The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for empowering the sector of e-Commerce. UNCTAD’s national e-Commerce policy was presented in Geneva during the e-Commerce week. It portrayed how developing governments can work with private sectors to plan for e-Commerce eco-system which will eventually lead to boost skills, jobs, and economic growth. The strategy focusses on the following policies like ICT and Telecom services, Electronic payments, awareness rising, E-procurement (B2B, B2C or business to government purchase)

UNCTAD ICT policy provides advisory services, diagnostics, technical assistance
The most important policy under UNCTAD that is adopted by the government is the Information & Communications Technology. Since UNCTAD is mandated to promote trade in developing countries, the ICT policy review program provides advisory services, diagnostics, technical assistance, methodology, and strategy alongside ICT national planning at the request of respective governments.
Analyzing the latest strategies for e-Commerce, the sector holds its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The strength of this industry is mainly the tech-savvy youth, as many young people rely on online shopping websites. An online platform like Noon that is popular in the whole MENA region is a website where the application of Noon discount code is enough to get discounts and offers.

The opportunities in the sector include enhancement in exports and competitiveness. It connects rural, urban markets and supports every start-up. The available market for daily house-hold items, groceries, electronics and especially fashion, have made it easier for people to reach out to their desired items with easy steps. Websites like Jumia, Next Egypt, Voga Closet are mostly used by women for clothing necessities. For maximum reduction, accessibility of the VogaCloset coupon code code helps the online shoppers to avail discounts on their purchases.
With the availability of strategic plans, international partnerships, summits, and use policies, the Government incentives light the future of e-commerce industry in the country. The legal enactments such as the Consumer Protection Act, Cyber Crime Law, and Date Protection law safeguards the interest of people related to the industry including online traders and consumers. The presence of legal aid, international support, and national programs, the Internet business is likely to grow, develop and reach its potential success in Egypt.

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How many apps were downloaded in 2019? https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/2020/01/24/how-many-apps-were-downloaded-in-2019/ Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:48:08 +0000 https://wwww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=719983 WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram are still among the 5 most downloaded apps, but this time the TikTok app jumped from fourth place in 2018 to second place in 2019 due to its popularity in markets like India, the United States, and Brazil.

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The year of 2019 has been fruitful for app developers and companies according to the latest Sensor Tower report. During the past twelve months, downloads increased by 9.1% to 114.9bn downloads, including 30.6bn in the App Store and 84.3bn from the Google Play store.

WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram are still among the 5 most downloaded apps, but this time the TikTok app jumped from fourth place in 2018 to second place in 2019 due to its popularity in markets like India, the United States, and Brazil.

The report pays special attention to the fourth quarter of 2019, which is between October and December, during which Call of Duty was the most popular game, with over 180m downloads. Sand Balls ranked second with about 90m downloads.

Looking at downloads from Apple devices, half of Call of Duty’s downloads were from the App Store, with Mario Kart Tour ranking second with only 2m5, less than a third of the newly launched downloads.

Sensor revealed that the biggest surprise was the launch of Disney + on 12 November, which soon rose to ninth place in the fourth quarter of 2019 on the App Store. It was also the best app downloaded in the US in that period as 31m downloads were made, more than twice the total downloads for TikTok, which was second.

TikTok revenue has grown by 540% annually, but most of it comes from China, where the app also makes in-app purchases.

TikTok’s revenue was about $40m by the end of December 2019, putting ByteDance in seventh place for non-games in terms of revenue.

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