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88.1 pct of Egyptian families own mobile phones: CAPMAS

22.1 percent of Egyptian families own smartphones according to the CAPMAS 2015 Household Income, Expenditure and Consumption Survey

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Jul 2016
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An average of  22.1 percent of Egyptian families own smartphones, while 88.1 percent of families own mobile phones, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics' (CAPMAS) 2015 Household Income, Expenditure and Consumption report released on Tuesday.

The report also noted that 27.4 percent of families are subscribed to landline telephone service.

An average of 32.2 percent families in Egypt own computers, where as only an average of 18.8 percent of families have access to the internet and 3.7 percent of families own tablets.

The survey, conducted in 2015, relies on a sample made of nearly 25,000 families from governorates throughout the 91-million strong country.

Orange, Vodafone and Etisalat are the three main providers of mobile services in Egypt.

Urban areas and rural areas

The survey discovered that in urban areas an average 86.4 percent of the families own mobile phones, 31.7 percent of the families own smartphones, and 39.7 percent of families are subscribed to landline telephone service.

On the other hand, an average of 89.6 percent of families in rural areas own a mobile phones, while 13.9 percent of families own smartphones and 17 percent are subscribed to landline telephone service.

The survey also found that an average of 45.5 percent of families in urban areas own computers, while only 20.9 percent of the families in rural areas own computers.

Families in urban areas have more access to the internet. The survey showed 29.1 percent of the families in urban areas use internet, while only 10.1 percent of the families in rural areas have and use an internet connection.

On average, 6.4 percent of families in urban areas own tablets, where as only 1.4 percent of the rural areas families own tablets.

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