News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 103 on 29 March 2002

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EGYPT - THE CONTINENT’S NORTHERN INTERNET GIANT PIONEERS NEW MARKETS

29 March 2002

Egypt is one of the continent’s largest two connectivity markets, the other being South Africa. The country spans both Africa and the Middle East and is therefore a key business centre for both markets. It has used the density of internet access it has already built up to pioneer the possibility of even greater levels of penetration through a free internet access initiative. It has also used its geographically advantageous position to develop an internet data centre offering server hosting among other things. Ahmed El-Sobky describes what’s happening.   The internet started in Egypt in 1993 with a bandwidth of…