Dr. Amr Talaat, Egypt’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has announced plans to provide more than 60 million people in rural areas with high-speed internet under an ambitious drive to unlock new pathways for economic growth.
He said the country will spend US$360 million on fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) for a million households as part of that programme.
Egypt has already invested more than $2 billion to increase average internet speed in major cities from 6.5 to 42.5 megabytes per second – a sevenfold increase in two years. The country will continue to upgrade its metropolitan internet infrastructure to level up its economy.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly held a cabinet meeting to follow up on the executive position of several information and communications technology (ICT)sector projects in the New Administrative Capital.
The Prime Minister stressed the government’s interest in digital transformation projects in the New Capital, as it is one of the mechanisms for developing government work and upgrading its methods.
In the meantime, Vint Cerf, Vice President of Google, called on Africa to turn “digital technology into digital opportunity” by upskilling youth to drive GDP growth that raises living standards.