(Ecofin Agency) - Egypt's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Amr Talaat, said on 16 June 2020 that the government wants to raise the average Internet speed to 20 Mbps by the end of 2020. This is in line with the government’s strategy to improve access to and increase coverage of internet services.
In 2018, the average Internet speed in Egypt was 5.7 Mbps. By 2019, it reached 15.5 Mbps and the government seeks to reach 40 Mbps in 2021. According to Amr Talaat, the government is on a good track to achieve this objective, especially since the Internet speed hit a peak of 30.9 Mps in March 2020.
Egypt has already invested nearly $1.6 billion in the modernization and broadening of its Internet services and plans another $400 million investment to provide 2 million households with high-speed connectivity.
This plan is all the more important in the current pandemic context, which has highlighted the need to accelerate digital transformation.