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Campaign to improve internet speeds in Egypt

300,000 people join Facebook campaign to improve internet services in Egypt; Egypt Telecom says new fibre optic cables should bring improvements

Marina Barsoum , Sunday 9 Mar 2014
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Internet Revolution page encouraging people to pay the internet bills by coins (Photo: Courtesy of Internet Revolution Facebook Page)
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A group of young people have launched a campaign to improve the speed and lower the cost of using the internet in Egypt.

"It all started when I saw a video by Omar Wahid, the admin of a Facebook page for gamers, who explained the poor state of internet services in Egypt," said Ahmed Abdel-Naby, who launched 'Internet Rev. Egypt' on 7 December last year.

Abdel-Naby created the page after comparing the speed and cost of internet services in Egypt with other countries.

The campaign has resonated with many people and the page already has more than 300,000 likes.

"We want quicker internet speed, lower prices for broadband and mobile internet service, and better customer service," he said.

But despite the interest the campaign has generated, no officials have been in contact with its organisers.

The National Telecom Regulatory Authorities (NTRA) recently met with all the internet service companies in Egypt to discuss the quality of their service, an official at the authority said.

They discussed the short and long term projects necessary to improve internet services in the country.

The official said internet prices are the regulator's responsibility, but the quality of the service should be guaranteed by the service providers. 

In Egypt, there are around 220 internet service providers that are mainly dominated by four companies.

Ookla, the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications, produced a map comparing prices in US dollars of a megabyte per second and broadband internet speeds around the world.

Ahram Online has used the study to show the difference in prices and speeds in various countries.

According to the study, the average internet speed in Egypt is 2.22 megabytes per second at a cost of $18.58 per megabyte.

There are 38.75 million internet users in Egypt

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All data is an average of price and speed per month in the given countries taken from a study on the internet made in Feb. 2014 by Ookla, the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications
 

In an interview with Ontv, Telecom Egypt executive director Mohamed El-Nawawy said his firm was working to improve internet speeds in Egypt.

"We have been trying to change the internet cables to fibre optics that will transmit the internet at a much higher speed.

"In Egypt we have 18 million residences, our company is able to reach seven million, and by 2015 we will have completed the project for 50 percent of the residences we are able to reach," explained El-Nawawy.

Internet services are a crucial issue, he added, and promised his firm was doing all it can to provide a better service.

The campaign has received support from some prominent names, including Amr Helmy, a professor of electronic engineering. 

"Internet speed in Egypt is slow in comparison with other countries, I can see why these young people are complaining," Helmy said.

Internet cables in Egypt are very old and their capacity is low, he noted.

Helmy added: "Telecom Egypt's project will definitely increase capacity, thus the internet speed will increase."

Communication Minister Atef Helmy praised the campaign during an interview Sky News Al-Arabyia last month.

Meanwhile, the campaign has called on Egyptians to start paying their internet bills in small change, and asked people to call the NTRA to complain about poor service.    

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Ahmed Sami
10-03-2014 01:46am
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:/ to ALL ppl who are talking bad about this ..
DONT judge on them until u live with them .
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Joe
09-03-2014 04:29pm
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Egyptians NEED start reading BOOKS and to learn how to freaking read and be educated instead of being like heroin addicts to their mobile phones and playing candy crush saga!!! I have yet to see a single man woman or child enter my waiting room carrying a book. NO Egyptian reads any freaking books!! everywhere you see everyone including kids staring at a bloody mobile phone screen!!!! No conversation, just idiotic morons playing stupid games! Start reading books and getting yourself educated!!!!
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Abdulilah Azzazi
29-06-2016 07:24pm
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I hope you got excited
Cause, if all this, is because you assume people using phones, are not reading books, then you went full retard. NEVER go full retard.
Egyptian
25-11-2015 10:10am
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Nope
1: We read books 2: Looking at one or two guys holding an electronic device (mobile phones, laptops.. etc) doesn't mean all egyptians does the same 4: (Idiotic morons) Well... I'm an egyptian i read books and i learned your SHIT language 5: (Kids staring at a bloody mobile phone screen) You came to egypt didn't you?.... 6: (No conversation) travel to egypt and people starts conversation but at THEIR freaking homes with their family why would they start a conversation with somebody they don't know? 7: (getting yourself educated) Let me get this straight So you're saying we don't read books or do anything just starting at electronic devices Dude In egypt you can learn French, English, Arabic (Egypt's language), Italy and German So please gather your info instead of saying false things and i'm sure you never came to egypt
Egyptian
25-11-2015 10:05am
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Noope
1: We read books
ahmed
10-03-2014 01:48am
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everyone is doing this right now, you don't see someone walking in the street holding a book.. also the lack of good books.
prince
09-03-2014 10:34pm
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egyptian
Americans is not educated they play candy crush and they smoke weed kids in america they are gamers and they play with their phones in egypt we have more educated ppl than america in america they don't have engineers or doctors the only different between egypt and america the government we have corrupted government
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Haha
09-03-2014 03:48pm
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Good input
LOOOL interesting view.
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UU
09-03-2014 12:31pm
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Wasteful Users
At first I felt sympathy with this campaign, but now that I see the founder is a gamer, I have changed my mind. Just like people waste electricity, why are you sitting around on your bums playing games online? Why are you sitting around watching porn? How much of this is wasting bandwidth and slowing down the internet for those of us who work online from Egypt and bring hard currency into the country from our work?
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7ooda
10-03-2014 12:02am
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Our Right!
It's our right to have a decent internet that equal what we pay. How people use it? That's another Problem
7ooda
10-03-2014 12:02am
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Our Right!
It's our right to have a decent internet that equal what we pay. How people use it? That's another Problem
UU
09-03-2014 05:45pm
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You don't get it do you?
Yes, he is a gamer. And there are others watching porn. I didn't say the gamers were watching porn. It's two groups of lazy, bandwidth wasting people.
Amro Hasan
09-03-2014 03:38pm
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Gamers are not evil
not because he is a gamer means he consumes porn. you might find fun in attending a movie while others do by gaming. I am sure he is a student or holds another occupation besides being a gamer.
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