Egypt's mobile lines fall 1.8 million on security clean-up

Ahram Online, Thursday 20 Nov 2014

Number of mobile users declines, while number of internet users increases significantly

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An Egyptian woman talks on her mobile phone (Photo: AP)

The number of mobile users in Egypt declined in August after the government cut service on users whose names and details were incomplete, citing security concerns.

Egypt saw 1.8 million less mobile phone users in August compared to the preceding month, bringing the total number to 95.8 million, according to a report posted by the ministry of communication and information technology. The penetration rate of mobile phones reached 112 percent.

The government began in May to update the information of all mobile users and terminate all un-registered lines to "prevent their use in terrorist activity," said Hesham El-Alaily, head of the telecommunications regulator NTRA, as reported by Al-Shorouk newspaper earlier in November.

The number of people who access the internet via mobile phones increased in August by more than 7 percent to reach 20.2 million users.

The total number of internet users reached 46.2 million, a jump of almost 25 percent in the year to August.
 

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