File photo of Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Amr Talaat. (photo courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology)
This comes after Egypt previously ranked 40th out of 43 countries, the minister added when discussing the report during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
According to Speedtest Global Index, Egypt is currently ranked 86th globally.
The Speedtest Global Index is the ranking system created by Ookla – a global leader in internet testing, data and analytics – that compares internet speed data from users around the world on a monthly basis.
This achievement, Talaat said, comes in light of the ministry’s continued policies to improve internet speed in Egypt, in addition to plans by Telecom Egypt (TE) – the country’s main telecommunications operator – to expand their services and improve customer satisfaction.
The minister added that TE has implemented an integrated work plan to develop infrastructure across the country by developing and expanding the international and core network as well as the multi-network IM.
In addition, TE is expanding the deployment of intelligent assembly units based on fiber optic cables in conjunction with MSAN and a backbone network, the minister explained.
In November, Talaat announced on his Facebook page that Egypt had invested around EGP 60 billion to develop its communications infrastructure.
The minister explained that the investment is part of a plan to pave the way for the digitalization of Egypt, an approach deemed necessary, especially in the conditions imposed by the pandemic.
Internet users in Egypt have grown significantly recently, reaching 74.9 million users in November 2021, according to a December report by the ministry.
The number of Internet users in Egypt via mobile phones alone reached 63.2 million in November 2021, up from 51.1 million users in November 2020, according to a report.