Technology – Daily News Egypt http://www.dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Thu, 25 May 2017 16:03:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cloud Predictions 2017 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/24/cloud-predictions-2017/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/24/cloud-predictions-2017/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:13 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=626604 Cloud computing is moving at a dizzying pace. With cloud technologies evolving at such an irrepressible rate, it’s difficult to keep track of where it’s all headed. How will your relationship with the cloud change over the course of the coming year? A modern cloud must support and energise the cloud journey from any starting …

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Cloud computing is moving at a dizzying pace. With cloud technologies evolving at such an irrepressible rate, it’s difficult to keep track of where it’s all headed. How will your relationship with the cloud change over the course of the coming year?

A modern cloud must support and energise the cloud journey from any starting point, adapt fluidly to changing needs, and ultimately realise the potential of genuine business transformation.

Here are our predictions for how the cloud will impact your business processes in 2017 and beyond.

  1. Cloud-based mission-critical workloads will take off

Cloud has long promised the migration of all enterprise production workloads. But that migration has yet to happen.

The chief barrier to cloud migration remains a lack of commitment and recourse to support production service-level agreements. On one hand, cloud providers are limiting their accountability as they lack the talent to support custom portfolios. On the other, they’re failing to provide sufficient control into the public data centre to self-manage service-level agreements.

The Infrastructure as a Service (laaS) provider best equipped to take more responsibility and deliver the control tenants’ demand will be the one to drive cloud migration in 2017.

  1. Corporate-owned data centre numbers will plummet

Just a few years ago, this statement would have seemed outrageous. But now, it seems all but inevitable.

As organisations focus their IT spending on cloud computing, they’ll begin to migrate their workloads from corporate-owned data centres to purpose-built facilities, managed and run by enterprise cloud providers. Mark Hurd predicts that we’ll see corporate-owned data centre numbers fall 80 percent by 2025, and that the same percentage of IT spending will be devoted to cloud services.

While corporate data centre numbers may not fall straight away, we do expect an immediate reduction in direct investment for computer capacity, storage, and networking services.

  1. Enterprise cloud becomes the most secure place for IT processing

This year’s threat landscape will be highly changeable. External threats—coupled with the need for better governance and privacy mandates—will make security a key priority for all lines of business.

In years past, security was a major barrier to cloud investment. Data sovereignty, data privacy, and control issues deterred many organisations from pursuing cloud adoption. But in the future, those very same concerns will be the things that draw new organisations to the cloud.

Established cloud vendors with solid security track records have the expertise and resources to deploy layers of defence that many companies simply cannot duplicate in-house.

  1. Digital transformation becomes the norm

Our world is becoming increasingly digitally connected, and it’s transforming the way we live, work, and play.

These same technological advancements provide unprecedented opportunities for businesses to expand, innovate, and create new value. Sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, and even urban planning have been reimagined and redefined by the cloud.

To realise these opportunities, today’s enterprises must not only develop new cloud-ready tools, but also put digital at the centre of their businesses. Hidden within today’s digital connections are the solutions to our most urgent business challenges.

This year, we’ll see more companies successfully embrace new integrated cloud technologies.

  1. The rise of intelligent applications

Artificial Intelligence (Al) might sound like science fiction, but many of us use it every day. The software behind many online shopping sites and on-demand music services, for example, is a highly successful and highly pervasive form of Al.

These systems depend on technology infrastructure capable of importing, analysing, and interpreting huge volumes of data before acting on it—all without human intervention. And the next step for such technologies? To become an established part of customer service and other business operations.

Soon, we’ll see intelligent applications capable of automatically recommending individualised actions and streamlining business tasks.

  1. Nothing artificial about it: Al gets real

Al and robotics have carved out a niche in the manufacturing sector, and now these technologies are poised to bring their exciting benefits to a host of new industries.

The Al space is white-hot, and it’s being fueled by the data explosion. Machine learning algorithms find patterns in enormous volumes of digital information and use that data to train, learn, and become even smarter.

ClOs ignore the Al wave at their peril. According to Toby Redshaw, consultant and former American Express CIO, the company that ignores Al-powered technology will be “the guy at the gunfight with a knife.”

  1. Developers do more with less coding

This year, a new tool looks set to join cloud app developers’ toolkits. “Visual” or “low” coding will be everywhere in 2017.

For many organizations, the real-time enterprise has meant a rethinking of application development. IT teams are often stuck with a backlog of work, preventing them from delivering applications quickly enough to capitalise on new opportunities. Visual coding enables quick, straightforward development and extension of enterprise applications.

“More than ever before, application development and delivery professionals must obsess over their UI designs,” say Forrester analysts John Rymer and Clay Richardson. Low-code vendors employ familiar drag-and-drop, WYSIWYG techniques to speed user interface creation!

  1. The cloud empowers small business innovation

Cloud has become a catalyst for small business growth, allowing them to innovate freely, carve out new markets, and disrupt the status quo.

The digital economy demands that companies of all sizes compete based on technology-enabled value. While some seek to evolve existing business practices, others are striving to launch new services that exploit extensive, low-cost computational power. Traditionally, access to such high-performance resources has been too expensive for smaller businesses. But what once cost $100 million up front is now available for $10 per hour.

The cloud is allowing small businesses to innovate, experiment, and sustain ongoing profitability.

  1. 60% of IT organizations move systems management to the cloud 

More than 90% of companies have multiple systems management tools, but just 6% trust their incomplete data. Consequently, IT operations professionals struggle to create effective management approaches.

The pace of business is increasing. As more organizations adopt DevOps practices and focus on digital experience, they’ll need to eliminate management data silos and embrace machine learning just to keep up.

Some have already embraced systems management in the cloud, unifying management data across multiple clouds and on premises. Others are benefiting from data science applied to the operational management problem. Only Oracle Management Cloud provides an intelligent, unified, cloud-based approach that applies machine learning to the complete operational data set. And while many cloud tools are built exclusively for cloud systems, ours does both.

We expect that by 2020, 60% will have moved their most critical systems management use cases to the cloud.

  1. 50% of DevTest will move to the cloud

Last year, we predicted that DevTest workloads would have all but completely migrated to the public cloud by 2025.

At Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Mark Hurd revealed that “we are nearly halfway there” already.

With on-premise hardware and software, IT teams have to buy, license, and configure everything to create development environments that hopefully match production environments. Hurd estimates that the industry could save $150 billion by migrating DevTest to the cloud.

This year, we expect widespread adoption of cloud DevTest. We’ll see new application development capabilities, including low-code approaches, tools for microservices, and support for all platforms and languages.

 

Ahmed Adly, ECEMEA Enterprise Cloud Computing Leader and Senior Director, Oracle

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Egyptian FlyEx.aero aims at expanding in the Gulf and US http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/24/egyptian-flyex-aero-aims-expanding-gulf-us/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/24/egyptian-flyex-aero-aims-expanding-gulf-us/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 06:30:55 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=626527 We are negotiating with a number of investors to get seed investment, says El-Masry

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The founders of the FlyEx.aero application plan to attract investments of $200,000 in a first phase to cover the costs of their initial expansion plan.

Founder & CEO Osama El-Masry and Tamer Tayseer, co-founder & digital marketing director, said that the application aims to create a competitive atmosphere between airlines according to the quality of service offered to passengers and based on travelers’ feedback and ratings.

They noted that they plan to increase the number of users to 0.5 million by the end of the year, with a focus on expanding into the Gulf countries and the United States.

What is the nature of the services provided by the application?

The application that we launched provides flight booking services at the cheapest prices, through searching and comparing the prices of hundreds of airlines and websites—like most competitors. Yet what is unique is that we associate airline rankings along with prices to users which enables them not only to choose their flights based on the cheapest prices, but also considering the quality of service offered by each airline. Such a concept has been available for hotels for decades, but not for airlines so far, and this is exactly what we are trying to achieve through the FlyEx.aero app, aiming to change the flight booking industry for good. We have started working on and developing the application over the past two years to make it easy to use and meanwhile providing the best user experience.

It is well known that most airlines compete to provide the best level of service for their First and Business classes, where most of their revenue comes from, although they only account for 10% of total flight seats. Meanwhile, the rest of classes and especially the Economy class is always determined by the price, therefore a focus on comfort and quality of service are almost non-existent and are very similar across most of the airlines. Hence, we aim to change this by creating a competitive environment between airline companies across all classes through giving power to passengers to voice their opinion on the provided services and consequently considering quality as well as price in their booking decision process.

The application allows passengers to express their views in a quick and easy way towards the provided services by the airlines during their flights and their overall flight experience, which directly and immediately affect the ranking order of the airlines in our system index. This is then made available to all users during their search and booking process, which enables them to choose the best airlines to fly with in terms of both service and price.

How did you get the idea for the app?

Initially, I was working on a technological system for traffic management. I traveled to China in an attempt to implement the system there, but the experience was not successful due to the bankruptcy of the manufacturer. This forced me to begin working on a new system related to the problem of high baggage loss rates for travelers, especially during transfers; however, I faced many problems related to aviation authorities’ approvals and corresponding bureaucracy, which was difficult to overcome for a startup company.

While attending an international aviation event attended by major airlines’ executives, where I was discussing the baggage loss prevention system, the idea of generating new revenue streams for airlines through selling ancillary services and their reliance on digital solutions was heavily discussed. This helped form the idea in my head by the end of 2013, until finally the first version was released in September 2016.

What distinguishes your application from other competitors?

The service we provide is not only flight booking and ratings, but we also offer a number of other features and services, such as a flight organiser, flight status tracker, and even setting an automated assuring message to beloved family and friends once the flight departs/lands, while users focus on travel logistics.

Additionally, the application allows tracking flights so users can keep a close eye on flights of their relatives or friends. It also enables users to learn about the time difference, exchange rate, and weather conditions at their intended destination.

Founder & CEO Osama El-Masry

The application also provides information on the flights themselves, including the type of plane and the services provided on board, such as internet and USB ports. This information varies from flight to flight and travelers cannot find them usually, except after some time searching the internet across different websites. Instead, FlyEx.aero app provides them with all this information and more in one app, and even before making their final booking decision.

Furthermore, we also equipped the app with a language assistance service that includes the most important travel statements in 10 different languages to facilitate communicating with local residents, especially in non-English speaking countries, e.g. China, Hungary, Bulgaria, Japan, and Turkey, etc..

In addition to all these features, we are launching a totally new feature, which is airports’ maps for major airports in order to show users how to get around in the airports in terms of gates, lounges, restrooms, and other airport service areas. We are also working on adding mobile services offered by some airlines, such as issuing mobile check-in (mobile boarding pass), modification and cancellation of bookings, and frequent flyer programme access. This is all done from the app itself, which means that users can dispense of other apps on their mobile devices for the various airlines they travel with and rely instead on FlyEx.aero app.

What other features do you plan to add?

In the near future, we plan to add hotel booking services and other essential travel services through the application. Our main driver is to provide the largest number of travel services in one application and hence relieve the burden from the user to refer to multiple other apps/resources to get his travel tasks done.

How many airlines are currently in use?

The application has all the airlines in the world, but the ranking service is only available for 100 airlines so far.

How many downloads has the application seen until now? And what is your target?

There are now more than 5,000 downloads, but we aim to reach 0.5 million downloads by the end of 2017. This relies on our marketing plans and completing an agreement to obtain seed funding from one of the funding platforms.

What is the percentage of Egyptian customers out of the sheer number of users?

Egypt is currently ranked fourth among the number of users of the application, while India ranked first, followed by Pakistan, and then the US in third. We aim to focus on the Gulf and the US in the coming period.

What basis is used for rating airlines?

We have key sections through which the customer rates their flight experience with the airline, such as the flow of the flight, based on the smoothness of the takeoff, landing, and air turbulence management, in addition to hospitality and courtesy of the cabin crew, and of course the quality of meals and beverages offered during the flight, all the way through to the details of the plane itself, in terms of comfort, entertainment system, A/C, etc..

Where do you stand in terms of investments?

We currently communicate with a number of specialised investment funds and we reached advanced stages with one of them. Additionally, we are negotiating with a travel agency company to partner with to cooperate in the field of hotel bookings and holiday package reservations through our application.

What is your mechanism for making profits through the application?

In the first stage, we will get a small margin from the booking transactions, and then in the future, there will be a new mechanism to maximise revenues through offering business solutions to airlines and airports, but this will highly depend on the number of active users then.

What is your target size of investments?

Usually, the seed funding phase aims for $200,000, which is enough for our first phase, allowing us to reach our target of a base of 0.5 million users.

What are your target markets for expansion in the future?

We aim to expand in Europe and the United States, especially as US users are amongst the most frequent users, with a 65% retention rate, knowing that the industrial standard ranges between a 30% and 40% retention rate, which is a pretty good indicator that we are on the right track and targeting the right user profile.

Are there any current negotiations with Airline Companies?

We actually started establishing contacts with one of the Gulf airlines and are working on more approaches with number of airlines in the Middle East region. Yet, since we are an Egyptian startup, we hoped to have our first cooperation with EgyptAir or Cairo Airport Company for mutual benefit and boosting the Egyptian travel industry in such a challenging economy, but as you know, bureaucracy is our greatest enemy.

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NTRA launches campaign on mobile markets this weekend http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/24/ntra-launches-campaign-mobile-markets-weekend/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/24/ntra-launches-campaign-mobile-markets-weekend/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 06:00:42 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=626565 Campaign aims to confiscate unauthorised mobile devices and illegal mobile lines

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The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is set to begin a new campaign on mobile markets in Greater Cairo and a number of governorates this weekend before the month of Ramadan to confiscate smuggled phones and lines that are sold through unlicensed shops, according to an official at the authority.

In cooperation with the police telecommunications department, the NTRA has organised 25 judicial seizure campaigns last year at a number of mobile phone stores selling mobile lines and unauthorised devices from unknown sources illegally.

The inspection campaigns included several areas, such as Assiut, Luxor, Aswan, El Zaytoun, downtown Cairo, Qena, Safaga, Hurghada, Mansoura, Gesr El Suez, Shebin El Koum, Tanta, Alexandria, Downtown Alexandria, and Beheira.

In April, the NTRA conducted several campaigns on the mobile markets in several areas of Cairo, Daqahleya, Port Said, and Ismailia governorates to control smuggled phones and prohibited devices, such as jamming devices.

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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/17/world-telecommunication-information-society-day/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/17/world-telecommunication-information-society-day/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 16:12:38 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=625846 15.95% increase in the number of households that have a computer in 2016

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In celebration of the World Information Society Day, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued a statement regarding the current local status of communication technology.

The press release aimed at focusing on the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT); meanwhile, it also monitored the evident increase in general awareness regarding the benefits of ICT.

The World Information Society Day is celebrated on 17 May of each year on the occasion of the establishment the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The global day was adopted by the UN General Assembly in March 2006.

Through this annual day, the ITU identifies big data and the conversion of this data efficiently in order to contribute to development. This year, the celebration is held under the main theme of “big data to make a big impact.”

Furthermore, the statement elaborated on a few significant figures, including the remarkable increase in terms of the number of households with computers. According to the report, the number has increased from 9.72 million in 2015 to 11.27 million in 2016.

On the other hand, the number of  households with a mobile increased from 19.73 million in 2015 to 21.57 in 2016—an increase of 9.32%. The number of family members of internet users at home reached 27.06 million people in 2016, compared to 23.04 million people in 2015—an increase of 17.45%.

Furthermore, many other rates and numbers show increases. The number of internet users that depend on e-mail on a regular basis reached 22.14 million people in 2016, compared to 18.79 million people in 2015—an increase of 17.83%.

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The web can help Egyptian SMEs grow and reach more customers: Google MENA managing director http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/17/web-can-help-egyptian-smes-grow-reach-customers-google-mena-managing-director/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/17/web-can-help-egyptian-smes-grow-reach-customers-google-mena-managing-director/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 06:00:24 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=625682 Lino Cattaruzzi is confident in the growth opportunities provided by digital infrastructure

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The web provides a big opportunity for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Egypt to export their services and products, according to Google’s managing director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Lino Cattaruzzi, in an interview with the Daily News Egypt.

Can you tell us about your partnership with the Ministry of Communications?

We’re in constant communication with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to discuss future plans and programmes. We recently celebrated the last graduation ceremony of the two-year Mobile Application Launchpad (MAL) programme, which was set up by Google in partnership with Udacity and the Egyptian Ministry of Information Technology to groom successful mobile app developers in Egypt through training, certification, and career guidance/job placements in the ICT field.

We are very proud of the success of this programme, and the numbers speak for themselves—more than 1,600 enrolled students and more than 1,200 successful graduates.

What led to the high success and graduation rate of the Mobile App Launchpad Program in Egypt?

Firstly, I think that the programme was very well designed. We looked at the local needs in Egypt and partnered with Udacity to offer one-on-one coaching and made sure that it is very inclusive and allowed for everyone to join. More than 65% of the students were from outside of Cairo. Secondly, the students have a high starting base with strong background. For instance, one of the students majored in Physics. Egypt has what it takes in terms of human capital for people to succeed in STEM sciences.

But this not particular to Egypt, this eagerness exists everywhere. The percentage was a little higher in Egypt, but what is striking is that the students are very ambitious and forward looking. For example, the students did not just stop at certification but they were planning what they can do with that certification.

What are your future plans to support entrepreneurs in Egypt?

At Google, we always look to nurture the entrepreneurial talent in Egypt and the MENA region. MAL was tailored specifically for Egyptian developers, and we worked with our partners to determine the best format that would deliver the strongest impact. That being said, we are always looking for new plans and programmes that support developers in Egypt, because inevitably this would lead to a stronger ecosystem. We are currently exploring what the next best steps are, but first we need to make sure we reflect and analyse what we did right and what could be done better.

We have clear areas of exploration, in particular we are focused on digital skills, but the key question here is not just about what we are going to do tomorrow, but more about how we can support this new digital economy to work well for all the SMEs in Egypt and how we can make sure that we maximise the impact of new technology on the life of the average Egyptian citizen.

What are the opportunities that you see in Egypt?

We see a lot of opportunities, considering the size, talent, and potential for development in Egypt. One is in talent specifically; we see an opportunity in building on the talent of the already well-trained population to have a higher impact using technology. The second, is how Egypt can have a higher footprint in the region, the Arab world, Africa, and even globally.

The last one is how you can start your own business or enable SMEs to export and small companies to grow faster.

Egypt and the web are better together. For us, the internet is extremely important; there is a global change in the business, and Egyptians are well equipped to capture this evolution. This is what we are doing by engaging with different players here in Egypt, like the government and associations, to capture this opportunity in order to help businesses grow faster.

For instance, Egypt is filled with incredible artisans producing amazing things, and they should be able to sell them outside of Egypt, and for other people to be aware and for them to capture the value. This is not to sell them to a large company that will take most of the economic wealth, but to enable them to directly communicate with the outside world, to have an easier way of shipping goods and collecting the money directly from the service, and to make them grow their business.

They need to be known and they need to have easy ways to sell what they produce.

What does it take to become the next Google?

I think the first thing to take into consideration is innovation and creativity—creating something new and unique that adds value. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a company; it could be a network of companies or even just an idea that creates value. You need to think big, not small: at Google we call it “10x thinking”. Second, one needs to have the skills to be in the digital world; and third, there needs to be the right environment that can allow individuals and companies to be successful.

There are a number of aspects that will make a simple idea the next big thing and yet it is not just the idea; the key is turning the idea into reality.

Do you think start-ups in Egypt are getting the right funding and support?

There is an abundance of financing for start-ups on a global level; how you articulate them and make them available in Egypt is secondary. If you have the right platform, the challenge is not in the funding but how you scale success and grow it to be regional or global. One of the challenges we have is a lot of talent think that it is easier and simpler to do things in their own country and that reaching other markets means they need to relocate. There are some countries that look to attract these talents and scaling them in order to turn them into big players. Almost every single country is facing that challenge. My recommendation here is make sure that you look at people as part of an ecosystem, and not just as individuals. It’s more about thinking of them as an ecosystem—a number of people that are creating value spills over to create more value for more people. Even if some of them decide to relocate and go to other countries, you still have the ecosystem working smoothly and generating more.

When you think about Google, you need to think about Silicon Valley—there are a number of companies that make it what it is. Think of the ecosystem that provides funding, access to good connectivity and training, exposure internationally, and access to international commerce—all these things that help one grow.

Do you have any plans to invest in local start-ups?

We mainly do this in the US, where we try to acquire some technologies related to what we need as a company, but in the region we believe that it is much more impactful and powerful to invest in developing the ecosystem, because this is where we can positively impact hundreds of thousands of companies.

Google partnered with the Ministry of Tourism back in 2014. Do you have other plans to support tourism in Egypt?

We generally work with different boards of tourism around the world that ask for our support, because we believe that giving users the access and chance to discover different places around the world has amazing value.

Egypt is an icon—a place that I have long dreamt of as a child—so I am happy that our Street View feature has offered people from around the world the chance to get a glimpse of its top landmarks and heritage.

That being said, we recently haven’t been in talks with the government for anything in particular, but we are always very eager to continue this kind of work to make culture and heritage even more accessible to everybody.

Where does Egypt rank in terms of growth for Google in the region?

We generally look at the upcoming growth in terms of people going online, so Egypt ranks very high in that regard. We also focus a lot on KSA [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] and the UAE [United Arab Emirates].

Do you have any plans for supporting Education? 

I think the big question is what is the future of education and how can you match what the labour market needs with what students are trained in. Even if we make a very good definition of how that looks today, I can guarantee that in 10 years it will be completely different.

It is not about taking a snapshot and making the decision; it is about how much you can cope with this degree of change. Today education is almost everywhere, you go to YouTube and see all those videos that users create on their own about how to do something—whether that was fixing a faucet or learning mathematics. Education is being democratised with people using platforms to create content and educate others, as well as making this universally accessible to consumers. Then there are all these institutions that we partner with, such as Udacity, who we have partnered with here.

What does success look like for Google in Egypt?

We look at success in Egypt in three ways: one is enhancing the experience of internet users on the web and helping them find what they are looking for in whatever form they want, whether on Search or on YouTube.

The second thing is we want to help and equip all these people to export their businesses around the world. The quality of some things that are produced here in Egypt should be exported almost everywhere in the world.

The third is about individuals; we want to make sure that we are ahead of the curve, because things are changing rapidly and we want to help simplify the adoption of new technologies and the transformation of companies.

What is Google doing to support Arabic content on the web?

Arabic content is for a region, not just for a country. There are a number of initiatives that we are leading.

The YouTube space that we set up in Dubai will cater to the region as a whole and will focus on the creation of Arabic content through online videos.

I am learning Arabic and I can tell you it is a complex language. But it is a rich language, especially with all its dialects. With advancing technology and machine learning, the web will better understand what users around the world are searching for, including Arabic.

Another way we support Arabic content is by helping the network of publishers get funded through ads so they can keep creating more content. Around the world, we have distributed tens of millions of dollars to publishers.

How do you see the growth of digital advertising in Egypt?

I think it is a reflection of how people spend their time. We see more people moving and spending more time on their devices, particularly mobile phones. So when you see the consequence of that, just look at yourself and look at how much time you are spending on your phone, computer, or tablet; so this brings about two things.

One is that the way that content is consumed is different as opposed to the past. People are selecting where to go and what to see, and this creates a movement of revenues to the online world for publishers, platforms, creators, etc… and the Arab world is embracing this big time and it is growing very rapidly.

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41.6m calls to and from e-commerce companies during Q4 2016 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/10/41-6m-calls-e-commerce-companies-q4-2016/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/10/41-6m-calls-e-commerce-companies-q4-2016/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 09:00:29 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=624924 Uber accounted for 58% of all calls related to requesting rides via smartphone applications

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Truecaller Insights’ MENA report for the fourth quarter (Q4) of last year showed that Truecaller received more than 41.6m calls to and from e-commerce companies.

According to the report, the e-commerce market is dominated by a number of local companies, such as Souq, Dubizzle/OLX, Edfa3ly, and Jumia.

Most of the calls made through Truecaller were to and from these four companies, where Souq accounted for 60% of the number of calls. Edfa3ly came in second place by accounting for 16% of the calls, followed by Dubizzle/OLX, which possessed 15% of calls. Jumia, the least of the four aforementioned companies, accounted for 6% of the calls. International companies, such as Amazon and eBay, showed less presence in the region, where Amazon and eBay accounted for 2% and 1% respectively.

In terms of the number of incoming calls compared to outgoing calls received by e-commerce customers, calls related to Souq reached 25m calls from 1 October 2016 to 31 December, while Edfa3ly calls amounted to 6.8m calls, and OLX reached 6.4m calls.

On the other hand, Egypt possessed the largest market share in the Middle East and North Africa in terms of the number of calls related to electronic commerce, accounting for 84.5% of the total. Jordan came in second place, accounting for 10% of the total number of calls from and to e-commerce companies. In fact, Jordan’s number of calls per capita is close to that of Egypt, since the former has a population of 6.5 million and the latter has 90 million. Iraq ranked third by accounting for 3.84% of e-commerce calls in the region.

In terms of the demand on requesting car rides through smartphones, Truecaller received 2m calls during Q4 2016 from and to transportation network companies. Uber accounted for the largest share of calls, possessing 58% of the total. Careem accounted for 22% of calls, and Allo Taxi Company for 20%.

When looking at incoming vs. outgoing calls over this entire period, we see that Uber made 722,000 calls to its users in Q4 2016, while 422,000 calls were made by users, bringing the total to 1.14 million calls between Uber and its users. Careem users received 347,000 calls from the company during the same period, while they called the company 90,000 times, bringing the total number of calls from and to the company to 437,000. Finally, Allo users received 305,000 calls from the company in Q4 2016 and called the company 103,000 times, for a total of 408,000 calls.

The data of where these calls were placed shows that Egypt dominates the Middle Eastern countries, thanks to its large population and its number of Truecaller users. Lebanon also shows an extremely strong affinity for car-sharing services considering its small population.

The data in the report about Q4 2016 was collected anonymously in a way that does not specify the identity of users through incoming and outgoing calls to companies that provide e-commerce services in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Tunisia, and Yemen.

The data was classified from the user to the company or vice versa, whether related to purchases, complaints, customer service, delivery, or other services. This vision is based primarily on the internal data of Truecaller.

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ICT sector achieves EGP 1bn increase in GDP during Q4 2016 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/10/ict-sector-achieves-egp-1bn-increase-gdp-q4-2016/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/10/ict-sector-achieves-egp-1bn-increase-gdp-q4-2016/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 08:30:27 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=624923 A significant decline in the telecommunication services costs in Q4 compared to Q3 of 2016

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The quarterly report of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology showed an increase in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 10.2% during the fourth quarter (Q4) of last year compared to Q3 of the same year.

The sector’s GDP is estimated at EGP 15.75bn inQ4 of 2016 compared to EGP 14.29bn in Q3 of the same year—an increase of EGP 1.4bn.

The contribution of the ICT sector to the country’s GDP reached 3.19% during Q4, compared to 3% in Q3 of 2016.

The report also revealed a severe decline in the prices of mobile internet services during Q4 2016 compared to Q3 of the same year.

The average cost of mobile services fell from $2.4 in Q3 of 2016 to $1.7 in Q4, while the average cost of fixed-line internet services declined from $5.6 in Q3 to $3.8 in Q4 of 2016.

The average cost of fixed-line phone services also fell from $1.83 in Q3 to $1.2 in Q4 last year.

According to the report, the average cost of a mobile phone service is calculated according to the prepaid price for 30 calls per month via the same mobile network, other mobile networks, and land-line networks during peak hours, other times, and weekends, in addition to 100 text messages.

The prices of the ADSL are calculated on the basis of the lowest price of monthly subscription paid to the internet provider company that has the largest share of the local market.

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Uber plans to inject more investments into Egyptian market http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/10/uber-plans-inject-investments-egyptian-market/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/10/uber-plans-inject-investments-egyptian-market/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 08:00:40 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=624915 40% of Uber drivers did not have a job before

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Emil Michael, Uber’s chief business officer, said that Egypt is one of the most important markets for Uber in the Middle East and Africa.

In an interview with Daily News Egypt, he stated that the company intends to inject more investments into the Egyptian market in the coming period.

He pointed out that 50,000 drivers are working with Uber, 40% of whom did not have a job prior to joining Uber, noting that the company has helped effectively in the development of the Egyptian economy through the provision of jobs.

How do you see the growth opportunities in the Egyptian market, especially after the floatation of the pound?

The Egyptian market is the most important for Uber in the Middle East and Africa, especially after the huge investments we put into the Egyptian market. We are now working with about 50,000 drivers in Egypt. Roughly 40% of them were unemployed before they joined Uber. This highlights the role of Uber in helping Egyptians find jobs.

After the flotation of the pound, the value of the national currency depreciated, which gives our investments more value and helps them achieve more results.

In the coming period, we aim to create tens of thousands of more jobs.

What is the position of the investment plan of Uber in the Egyptian market?

We have made investments in the Egyptian market of about EGP 250m last year. We intend to inject more this year. We also opened a regional customer service centre in Egypt to serve customers of Uber in the Middle East. There are now 250 employees working there, with plans to soon increase the number even more.

How do you see the challenges in the Egyptian market?

The Egyptian market is important for Uber because it is the largest market in the region. I personally care about the Egyptian market because I am of Egyptian origin. We believe that Uber can benefit the Egyptian market through creating jobs and providing good quality services at affordable prices for transporting passengers, easing traffic problems, especially in Cairo, and reducing pollution.

The most important challenge is the absence of legislation regulating the activity. We expect the passage of a legislation soon to govern the market and encourage investments in this field, which would help us provide better service.

Some believe that Uber and similar companies cause more traffic congestion than easing them. What do you think?

This is not true. Our clients want to move from one point to another through Uber or other similar companies and even any other means of transportation. The competition is now not between Uber and other transportation services, but rather between Uber and passenger cars. The goal is to convince people to keep their cars parked and use transportation services. This provides good service and reduces traffic. Instead of moving around in private cars, an Uber driver can transport 10 people in one shift, which means 10 fewer cars on the streets.

For example, in some European countries, customers waste 25% of their time looking for parking for their private cars. This is no longer the case when using Uber.

A short time ago, the Cabinet referred a law to regulate Uber’s and similar companies’ business to parliament. What do you think about this move?

I think that moving to legalise the activity is a positive move that can enable the sector to move forward. There is still a chance to talk about several points in the law, but this is not the time for that now, since the law is only an initial draft at this point. We believe, however, that it will have positive results on the participatory economy in general, not only transportation services providers via smart phones.

It is too early to speak about the law now. It will include many details and we will continue talks with officials in the parliament’s Communication Committee or the Ministerial Committee formed to regulate the sector, to agree on legislation that can govern the market and serve all.

 

Have you started making profits from Egypt?

Egypt is the first and largest market for us in the Middle East and Africa. Cairo is one of the largest cities in the world for our business. We are now in the phase of investing and target expanding our services in more cities in Egypt. Only then we will begin making profits.

It is noteworthy that Emil Michael isited Cairo this week with Uber. During his visit, Michael had a number of meetings with key stakeholders, meeting with Sahar Nasr, the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, and Hisham Arafat, Minister of Transportation, as the ridesharing technology company works towards pushing governments’ and organisations’ transition to an on-demand economy.

RiseUp, an entrepreneur platform, hosted Emil Michael in a fireside chat, discussing his career and advice for young people in Egypt. During the talk, Michael shared his thoughts about entrepreneurship in Egypt, saying that, at Uber, they are passionately committed to their idea, their product, and their industry. “When I came here to Egypt, I saw the same passion among a lot of startups. I had a feeling that Egypt is the new Silicon Valley; it is a fertile ground for startups,” he added.

Moreover, he noted that the Egyptian entrepreneurship ecosystem is the perfect test market for many types of new products and services at the forefront of technology. And the unique combination of history, resources, and people in Egypt makes us keen to keep investing in the Egyptian market.

He also met with Egypt’s top 20 startups for dinner and discussed raising capital, building and scaling a company, and his perspective on growing a successful business in Egypt.

During his visit, Uber hosted 50 of their top performing driver partners and their families along with two Al Ahly stars, Abdallah El Said and Ahmed Fathy, at a special drivers’ assessment event. “It was great to meet the impressive men and women behind Uber’s success in Egypt. 40% of driver partners were previously unemployed, and we are committed to investing further into Egypt to create more economic opportunities across the country.”

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Vodafone added 356,000 new clients in January http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/09/vodafone-added-356000-new-clients-january/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/09/vodafone-added-356000-new-clients-january/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 15:30:38 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=624885 Orange lost 89,300 clients, fixed-line subscribers reach 6.3 million

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Vodafone grabbed the largest share of new customers in January, adding more than 356,800 clients that month, boosting its client base from 40.2 million in December 2016 to 40.6 million in January, according to data from the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

On the other hand, the number of subscribers of Orange dropped from 33.8 million in December to 33.7 million in January, losing some 89,400 clients in one month. Etisalat obtained more clients, rising from 23.6 million clients in December to 23.8 million by the end of January 2017, with 175,000 new subscribers.

According to the indicators, the sheer number of mobile service subscribers increased by 442,500 clients in January.

The total number of mobile services reached 98.2 million in January, up from 97.7 million in December 2016.

As for ADSL, the number of subscribers grew by 17,500 clients in January, rising from 4.43 million users to 4.45 million in January. Meanwhile, subscribers to fixed lines also increased by 258,900, from 6.1 million in December 2016 to 6.3 million in January 2017.

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Samsung Launches Galaxy S8 and S8+ in Egypt http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/04/samsung-launches-galaxy-s8-s8-egypt/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/04/samsung-launches-galaxy-s8-s8-egypt/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 13:54:26 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=624384 The Galaxy S8 delivers stunning infinity display, connected ecosystem of services, and an intelligent interface

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Samsung introduces the Galaxy S8 to the world, a smart phone that pushes the boundaries of traditional smart phones with its seamless hardware design and a variety of new features. With the launch of multiple services and apps, as well as a stunning infinity display for immersive viewing experiences, the Galaxy S8 brings a new level of functionality and convenience, opening up a galaxy of possibilities.

“The Samsung Galaxy S8 ushers in a new era of smart phone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world,” said Seung-ho Yun, president of Samsung Electronics Egypt. “The Galaxy S8 is our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smart phone legacy,” he added.

The Galaxy S8 builds on Samsung’s heritage of creating stunning designs and functional devices. Available in a 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, the infinity display and bezel-less design form a smooth, continuous surface with no buttons or harsh angles. The result is a truly immersive viewing experience without distractions and makes multi-tasking more convenient. The Galaxy S8’s compact design enables comfortable one-handed operation and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 on both the front and back for durability and a high-quality finish.

The Galaxy S8 will also come with the foundational Galaxy features that our customers have come to love. It also unlocks the new Gear VR with a wireless controller, powered by Oculus. Enabling convenient one-handed control and navigation, the controller provides better motion interaction when accessing interactive VR content. The Galaxy S8 will also connect to the new Gear 360 to create 4K 360-degree videos and 15MP photos.

Leveraging the processing power of the Galaxy S8 for enhanced productivity, Samsung DeX is a unique solution that transforms your smart phone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop-like experience. With Samsung DeX, users can easily display and edit data from their phone, making working from a smart phone faster and smarter.

New high-performance earphones tuned by Harman’s AKG, offering uncompromised audio for unbeatable sound quality, will come as an in-box accessory. These earphones will have a comfortable hybrid canal fit for better noise cancellation and will be made from anti-tangle metal-fabric material.

The Galaxy S8 will be offered in a rich colour palette including midnight black, orchid grey, and maple gold.

 

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MTI signs distribution agreement with Huawei http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/04/mti-signs-distribution-agreement-huawei/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/04/mti-signs-distribution-agreement-huawei/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 11:57:29 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=624323 Huawei looks forward to cooperate with MTI to reach a wider consumer base and deliver an overall premium consumer experience

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MM Group for Industry and International Trade (MTI) announced today that it had entered into a distribution agreement with Huawei Consumer Business Group to become one of its main distributors of mobile phones in the Egyptian market.

“The addition of Huawei to MTI’s mobile phone portfolio will broaden our product offering and will increase our market share in the mobile phone distribution market,” commented Khaled Mahmoud, chairperson and CEO of MTI.

Huawei Consumer Business Group expressed their enthusiasm towards this partnership, stating that this strategic step with a reputable organisation such as MTI will further add to their constantly increasing market share in Egypt. Huawei is looking forward to cooperating with MTI to reach a wider consumer base and deliver an overall premium consumer experience.

Huawei Consumer Business Group is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smart phones, PCs and tablets, wearables and cloud services, and other products. Huawei’s global network is built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world. Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking third in the world in terms of mobile phone shipments in 2015. Sixteen R&D centres have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China.

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Motorola possesses 4.9% global market share in 2016 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/04/motorola-possesses-4-9-global-market-share-2016/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/04/motorola-possesses-4-9-global-market-share-2016/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 11:20:28 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=624317 Motorola is ranked third in Egypt, possessing 7% of the market share

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About 15m Lenovo Moto family mobile devices were sold in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016 worldwide, including 2m Moto Z devices, said Sharif Salem, director of smart phone sales at Lenovo Egypt, the owner of the Motorola brand.

Salem added that the company expects to sell 3m devices by the end of 2017.

“Motorola’s global market share amounts to 4.9%, excluding the Chinese market, occupying the fourth world place in terms of market share,” Salem stated.

In Egypt, Motorola’s market share is estimated at 7%, ranking the third in the domestic market, while it owns 22.4%, 21.8, and 9.9% market shares in the UAE, Brazil, and India respectively.

It comes on the sidelines of the press conference held by the company to launch its new moto G5.

The fifth-generation Moto G has an impressive metal design that looks as great as it performs. The Moto G5 smart phone is available in lunar grey or fine gold, and its sleek aluminium design speaks to consumer preferences as they can choose between plastic, metal, and glass.

With an all-day 2800 mAh battery, individuals can go all day without needing to charge. The 10W rapid charger gives the Moto G5 hours of power in just minutes. The powerful 1.4 GHz octa-core processor enables fast access to photos, apps, and more.

The phone is also equipped with a fingerprint reader, which allows for speedy locking and unlocking of the device, ensuring user information is secure.

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Minister of Communication meets Infor CEO to discuss investment plans http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/04/egypts-minister-communication-meets-infor-ceo-discuss-investment-plans/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/04/egypts-minister-communication-meets-infor-ceo-discuss-investment-plans/#respond Thu, 04 May 2017 10:00:50 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=624311 The meeting was also attended by ITIDA's CEO and some of its leaders

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Egypt’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Yasser Al-Qadi, met with Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor High Tech and Electronics solutions, to discuss the company’s investment plans in Egypt.

The meeting was attended by Asmaa Hosni, CEO of Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), as well as ITIDA’s leaders in India, the Middle East, and Africa.

During the meeting, Phillips reviewed his reasons to choose the Egyptian market as a new destination for the company. He praised the availability of qualified technical cadres in Egypt, pointing out that his company aims to benefit from the supportive business atmosphere and sustainable local growth of the information technology sector. In addition, he referred to the ongoing economic reforms that began to show promising results.

In this context, the minister reviewed the state efforts to enable the technological cadres to compete in international markets based on their skills in advanced technologies. He also stressed the role of the ministry and its affiliate agencies in launching a number of initiatives and projects to provide skilled technological cadres who can meet the requirements of companies operating in Egypt.

Al-Qadi pointed out that the ministry offered many incentives to investors in technological parks, adding that several companies and global factories want to benefit from these opportunities.

Phillips’ visit comes upon Al-Qadi’s invitation during his meetings with the company’s leaders in March in New York, where the first round of talks was held.

Infor provides software and technology applications for enterprises, and it has about 15,000 developers and employees in 41 countries serving about 90,000 customers worldwide.

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Startups in the Middle East: a fun(ding) adventure http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/03/startups-middle-east-funding-adventure/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/03/startups-middle-east-funding-adventure/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 08:30:01 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=624088 The Middle East is a region of great opportunity. We have a large and young population with more than its fair share of problems, and as every entrepreneur knows, every problem is an opportunity; the bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. As a region, we are also one of the largest exporters of capital …

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The Middle East is a region of great opportunity. We have a large and young population with more than its fair share of problems, and as every entrepreneur knows, every problem is an opportunity; the bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. As a region, we are also one of the largest exporters of capital to the world. Investors from the region own the priciest global real estates and are shareholders in the largest companies of the world. The big question facing local entrepreneurs is how to attract big regional capital into opportunities from the region, for the region. Having successfully raised multiple rounds of funding from the region, we believe the Careem’s journey has teachings that can help us solve this puzzle.

I believe external capital follows traction in a big opportunity. In the beginning, the only capital that will bet on you is your own money or that of people who trust you. As an example, we started Careem with $100,000 of our own money. In about 6-9 months when that was running out, we managed to convince our friends and family to invest. That ‘friends, family, and fools’ round comprised of old friends, ex-colleagues, and against all advice, my mother-in-law. Beyond that round, we had to earn the right to take people’s money. It boiled down to convincing investors of the bigness of the opportunity, showing solid traction week after week, building an awesome team, and just not giving up.

Big opportunity

If you want to raise institutional money, then you must be solving a big problem. Small problems and opportunities can make great lifestyle businesses that you can fund with your own capital or that of friends, but they will not get you institutional interest. Investors know that many of their investments will not succeed, so the ones that make it need to be home-runs, and the only way to have home-runs is to only bet on big opportunities. In pre-Careem 2012, when we were thinking of ideas, one of the first things we did with any idea that came up was to calculate its market size. The initial market size for Careem was $5bn, which was the amount spent on taxis in the GCC. Our current view of Careem’s market size is significantly higher since we have expanded beyond GCC and the platform is filling the mass transit void in the region. If your idea has a market size of less than a few billion dollars, you will most likely have a tough time raising external capital. Big capital is attracted to big opportunities.

Solid traction

What may seem like an obvious opportunity to you will not be so obvious to others. To the others, you need to show proof of the opportunity in the form of traction. This is your ability to grow your business week-on-week. And growth does not just happen. It is a function of deeply understanding the needs of your customers, building products that address those needs, and making sure you do whatever it takes to make customers happy. Happy customers come back and bring many others with them, and this starts showing in your growth numbers. At Careem, we have been obsessed about our customers and growth. In the early days, we would track each and every trip to make sure it went well. Every failure (of which there were many in the beginning) was an opportunity for us to understand what went wrong and to change our systems/processes to prevent the same from happening again. And we monitored our growth like a hawk! Every week, every day, every 15 minutes. As I write this post, Dubai is up 7.8% from the same time last week. For an investor, growth is the truth, it is validation, it is proof.

Awesome team

You can’t do it alone, and investors know it. You will need a team, and the better the team and the more passionate it is about the opportunity, the better are your chances of success. As an entrepreneur, it is one of your foremost responsibilities to excite people to join the mission. Inability to build a great team is a leading indicator of challenges down the road. At Careem, we did not know many things about the business we were starting, but the one thing we did know was that investing in talent and culture would take us places. And we did many things on this front. We allocated a large pool of Careem equity for our colleagues, we hired companies to get talent on board, we chased amazing people to join us even after they had turned us down, and we invested time in designing a culture based on a set of core values. Team strength is a key criterion for investment decisions. No team, no chance of success, no funding.

Not giving up

You are not going to get it right the first time, maybe not even the second time; and you will be rejected by many. They key is to not give up, keep learning, and keep improving. This is an essential trait for an entrepreneur and it is needed more in the fundraising process than in any other part of the business. In our first round, we were rejected by all venture capital funds in the region except for one (thank you STC Ventures!). Today, alhamdulillah, we have most of them on board. We kept knocking on their doors, kept showing them our growth numbers, and kept at them until we convinced them to invest. Every time you feel like giving up, know that we have all gone through it and that better times wait on the other side of perseverance.

We are blessed to be in a region with so much opportunity and significant local capital. Our regional investors have had their reasons to invest outside the region, whether it is diversification away from the region, the lack of exits, or the shortage of professional teams to back. Times are changing though. The purchase of Souq by Amazon is a landmark transaction that will make regional investors pay attention to local opportunities. When they look, let’s make sure that they find us going after big opportunities with solid traction and with awesome teams. If they decide not to invest at first, let’s not give up. It is worth our time to get them onboard, because once they start investing in local startups, the region will change forever.

 

Mudassir Sheikha, CEO and Co-Founder, Careem

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ZTE aims to increase local market share to 10% by 2018 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/02/zte-aims-increase-local-market-share-10-2018/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/05/02/zte-aims-increase-local-market-share-10-2018/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 15:44:56 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=624115 We aim to use the partnership with ZTE to increase the volume of our business to EGP 2.5bn this year, says Al-Taibi

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ZTE, a company specialised in smartphone manufacturing, aims to increase its market share in the Egyptian market to 5% by the end of the year, aiming to reach 10% by 2018, according to a statement by Chen Hui, the regional director of ZTE Africa and Middle East.

The statement came on the sidelines of a press conference held by the company on the occasion of contracting with Nile Engineering Company to be the exclusive agent of ZTE’s products in Egypt.

Hisham Al-Taibi, managing director of Nile Engineering, told Daily News Egypt that the company was able to achieve a business volume of nearly EGP 2bn last year, and aims to increase the amount to EGP 2.5bn by the end of 2017 with support from the partnership the company has with ZTE.

“Investing in sports is one of the best methods of promotion in Egypt and the world, so ZTE is considered one of the main sponsors for many European teams such as Seville in Spain and Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany, in addition to more than five teams in the American Basketball League NBA. ZTE chose Cristiano Ronaldo, the best football player in the world in 2016, as an ambassador for one of its most recent smartphones, Nubia Z17 Mini,” said Hui.

Hui added that the products of the company, whether smartphones or regular mobile phones, or even other telecommunications devices, are present in most of the Egyptian homes, where ZTE is considered the largest supplier of fixed line devices and smartphones in Egypt. It was one of the most prominent sponsors of the national football team in 2016, when the team was able to return to compete in the African championship after an absence of six years.

ZTE is currently ranked 6th across the world in terms of smartphone sales. The US, Europe, and China are considered some of the most important markets as well for the company, where the company ranks 4th in the US, second in Russia, and ranks in leading positions in several other countries around the world.

ZTE is considered one of the oldest and largest communications companies in the world. The company was established in 1985. It works in more than 140 countries with more than 80,000 employees across the world from different nationalities. The company’s branch in Egypt was established in 2000.

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ITIDA discusses with Saudi businesspeople investment opportunities in New Administrative Capital http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/30/itida-discusses-saudi-businesspeople-investment-opportunities-new-administrative-capital/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/30/itida-discusses-saudi-businesspeople-investment-opportunities-new-administrative-capital/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:23:54 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=623774 Asmaa Hosni, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), has received a delegation of leading Saudi investors to discuss investment opportunities in the City of Knowledge in the New Administrative Capital. The meeting reviewed the competitive advantages and investment opportunities in new Egyptian technological parks, especially the City of Knowledge, which will be …

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Asmaa Hosni, CEO of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), has received a delegation of leading Saudi investors to discuss investment opportunities in the City of Knowledge in the New Administrative Capital.

The meeting reviewed the competitive advantages and investment opportunities in new Egyptian technological parks, especially the City of Knowledge, which will be built on an area of 300 feddans and will include centres of research, science, innovation, and entrepreneurship, as well as a university and technological institutions.

The participants also tackled the most prominent projects and strategic initiatives launched by ITIDA, including the Technology Learning Initiative and the Electronics Design and Manufacturing Initiative. The agency has recently signed a number of cooperation and partnership agreements with major Asian companies specialised in these fields.

The meeting was attended by ITIDA’s CEO deputies and a number of senior executives, as well as the chairperson of Wisers for consulting engineers, the local partner of the investment group in Egypt.

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BSocial releases Experience Quran VR App with 360-degree tech http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/26/bsocial-releases-experience-quran-vr-app-360-degree-tech/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/26/bsocial-releases-experience-quran-vr-app-360-degree-tech/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:30:33 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=623200 Company plans to introduce experiences related to Egyptian history

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BSocial, a digital marketing services company and the developer of the virtual reality application “Experience Mecca”, plans to release “Experience Quran”, a full suite of virtual experiences, including the Elephant Companions story.

The new application will significantly differ from its predecessor, as it renders the experience into a 360-video instead of a free roam for an optimum modelling and imaging quality, which was a highly common user-demand since the release of the first chapter.

Experience Mecca emerged as a virtual reality application for creative learning. With its characteristics, the application aims to consolidate religious values​​ and help the user emulate reality.

Ehab Fares, founder and CEO of BSocial, said that the Egyptian developers are taking steady steps to keep up with international tech standards. He added that with communications becoming easier, Egyptian tech entrepreneurs managed to reach out and collaborate internationally to design, develop, and distribute innovative technologies and services.

Experience Mecca had to demonstrate how virtual reality experiences can be enjoyable and entertaining to the users regardless of their backgrounds. Its success started with surpassing the set objective: to be gold-plated with Oculus’ verification. Before launching Experience Mecca, BSocial conducted an extensive search of over 1,000+ applications in the store, to make sure none of them originated from the Middle East.

Fares also stated that modernising a subject that holds such a high degree of spiritual value and appreciation among the target audience presented many challenges on the technical level. He added that conveying all the spiritual vibes and achieving that instant awe that takes place in real life when visiting Mecca was crucial to the success of the experience. “Accordingly, to be able to develop the dimensions and textures of the main landmarks closely to their real-life counterparts required meticulous research and studies, so as to reach the best quality possible, while avoiding any technical issues that might occur while rendering,” he noted.

Moreover, he said that the reception on the Oculus store was overwhelming. The major key performance indicator (KPI) was to get 10,000 subscribers in the first year, yet there were 165,000+ subscribers in only one year, spending 32,270 minutes experiencing Mecca.

Additionally, the interaction on Facebook increased significantly, with users from all over the world giving their feedback. It received several acknowledgements from a number of tech-related websites, such as VR Gamer and Reddit.

BSocial is also planning to introduce experiences related to Egyptian history, which aims to support the tourism sector of the country.

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Discovery Education deploys technology in the Egyptian Knowledge Bank http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/26/discovery-education-deploys-technology-egyptian-knowledge-bank/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/26/discovery-education-deploys-technology-egyptian-knowledge-bank/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:00:17 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=623201 Company provides WebEdTV as online educational TV for students, parents, and teachers

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As the leading provider of primary, preparatory, and secondary content for the Egyptian Knowledge Bank, Discovery Education has been working closely with the Ministry of Education on products and services being provided as part of the Egyptian Knowledge Bank project. The company, which specialises in providing technological education solutions, will introduce the online digital content such as WebEdTV, an online educational TV for students, parents, and teachers, and Curriculum Connect, which connects the Egyptian curriculum to engaging digital content.

Vice president of the International Discovery Education, Robin Headlee, told Daily News Egypt in an interview that the company also recently launched Discovery Education Network (DEN) Arabia, which is an online platform that connects education communities with their most valuable resources: each other.

How do you see investment opportunities in the application of technology in education?

I think there is a great opportunity to deploy technology in education in Egypt, as evidenced by the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB), and in which Discovery Education is the leading provider for primary, preparatory, and secondary students.

Discovery Education works in 53 countries across all continents and is currently serving over 50 million students and 4.5 million educators worldwide. Our extensive experience globally means that we can learn from our experiences in other countries and apply the relevant best practices in Egypt that are found in other countries.

In the countries in which we operate, Discovery Education has conducted numerous studies over the years and has strong evidence to support the idea that when educators use Discovery Education content on technology platforms, there were signs of greater student engagement and increased student performance on end-of-course exams, compared to when educators incorporate traditional instructional approaches.

We have also found that using our content is particularly effective in improving student achievement when it is used by teachers that have a pedagogical foundation.

We at Discovery Education help build this pedagogical foundation through our online tools and resources as well as through our professional development programmes.

Furthermore, we encourage the dissemination of best practices by helping teachers spread their learning from our professional development programmes to other teachers that have not had the benefit of our in-person training through the Discovery Education Network (DEN). The DEN connects education communities to each other and acts as a technology platform to enable the dissemination of best practices worldwide.

Because Discovery Education continues to witness the results of applying technology to education, it is our belief that the deployment of technology in education is a great enabler for the advancement of education.

What is your vision for the development of education?

Discovery Education builds on the success that the company has achieved in other countries and adapts those strategies to specifically address the Egyptian market. This includes providing engaging content both in and outside the classroom; delivering powerful teacher training through our professional development programme, STEM Now; engaging with teacher and parent communities via DEN Arabia; and interacting with students and the wider community via events such as STEM clubs, STEM camps, parent trainings and charitable events, such as the Family Day we held in February at 57357 Hospital for Children’s Cancer.

Although it is still early, the results we have seen so far are very encouraging. We have found that teachers, parents, and students are all receiving great benefits from our programme.

For teachers in our professional development programme, teaching practices are moving away from pure memorisation to techniques that require the students to understand the content.

Students are much more engaged in the classroom and are exhibiting critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills.

Parents are feeling more empowered over their children’s education. They find Curriculum Connect particularly useful because they can now find and use tools and content directly mapped to the lessons their children are learning in the classroom. Parents now have the resources to seamlessly extended learning from the classroom into the home through the use of videos, images, text articles, audio recordings, and interactive material, such as virtual labs.

As a result, Discovery Education’s vision is to embrace and build upon the early successes achieved thus far in Egypt through engaging content, teacher training, teacher and parent community collaboration, and both online and offline community events.

Egypt plans to automate all of the services, including education. Do you have a vision regarding this part? Is there cooperation with government agencies in this regard?

As the leading provider of primary, preparatory, and secondary content for the Egyptian Knowledge Bank, we have been working closely with the Ministry of Education on products and services being provided as part of the EKB.

The online digital content we provide in Egypt includes WebEdTV, online educational TV for students, parents, and teachers, and Curriculum Connect, which connects the Egyptian curriculum to engaging digital content. We also recently launched DEN Arabia, an online platform that connects education communities with their most valuable resources: each other. These resources can be found at discoveryeducation.ekb.eg.

We are receiving fantastic feedback on the impact of our efforts thus far and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the government to achieve superior results in education through the various initiatives.

Is there any cooperation with private entities for the use of your advanced solutions?

We work in 53 countries across all continents. We work extensively with governments and private entities worldwide. In Egypt, we are working predominately with the government, whereas in some other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Qatar, we work more extensively with private schools. We believe that the fact that the Egyptian government has launched some initiatives that have been reserved for private schools in other countries in the region is a real testament to the government’s commitment to education in Egypt.

In your opinion, what are the mechanisms for educational content development?

We believe in providing engaging content that inspires students to think critically, be creative, enquire, and be motivated to learn. In developing the content for Egypt, we drew on the vast collection of educational content in Discovery Education’s library, screened it for cultural relevance, and dubbed it into Arabic. Not only are we the first of the western providers of Arabic-dubbed content, we have also now partnered with three Egyptian production companies to produce video content in Cairo, with Arabic as the first language and then dubbed into English. We look forward to showcasing the collection in the next couple of months.

What are the main products and solutions you are providing during the current period?

We work on a range of different programmes in Egypt focused on improving students’ educational experience both inside and outside the classroom.

The first programme is WebEdTV, an online educational TV at its best, broadcasted five days a week for three hours a day. It offers teachers, parents, and students a compilation of the most engaging and informative programmes from Discovery Education’s world-class video collection. Programmes are carefully created, topic-aligned to five STEM-focused areas, and include customised intro videos, instructional strategies, and learning guides.

The second programme is Curriculum Connect, which connects the national curriculum to engaging digital content. Hand-selected videos, images, text articles, interactive components, and audio files are reviewed and aligned to all science and math units and lessons for all grade ranges in primary, preparatory, and secondary education.

Professional development is the third programme, where we provide extensive training on STEM’s best practices with the use of digital resources for principals and teachers over a two-year period, recognising schools as STEM Excellence Centres at the end of the programme.

The fourth programme, which we launched only a few weeks ago, is DEN Arabia, which connects education communities. Regardless of their role in education, participants receive a supportive learning environment to help them improve their practice, provide valuable networking opportunities, foster the sharing of great ideas, and focus on the joy of teaching and learning.

I am going to broadly classify the fifth programme as educational events. These include STEM clubs, which are afterschool events launched earlier this year that engage students to explore STEM topics through hands-on activities and experiments. They also include STEM camps, which are day-long student gatherings, which we will be launching this summer. Other events include charitable causes, such as the Family Day at 57357 Hospital for Children’s Cancer that we held in February, and ongoing training sessions for Egyptian parents on how to best use the resources at home with their children. These are just a few examples of the many events we are currently holding and/or plan to host in the future.

What are the features of your strategic plans for the current year?

Our plan for the current year is to be able to increase awareness and usage of all five features of our programmes: WebEdTV, Curriculum Connect, Professional Development, DEN Arabia, and the various events.

A big area of focus will be on reaching as many of the more than 20 million students and the more than 1.2 million teachers across the 50,000+ schools in Egypt as soon as possible. We see two new major routes to achieve this in the short term.

The first is DEN Arabia. When we say “education communities”, we actually mean the whole of society. We believe that everyone in society, including teachers, parents, and students, can have a positive impact on the shape of education in Egypt. Thus, we launched “DEN Arabia for Educators” in February as a platform for teachers to share best practices. Just a week ago, we held our first training session for parents and out of that came “DEN Arabia for Parents”, which is a platform for parents to access resources and ideas for extending learning from the classroom to the home.

The second route to reaching the masses in the short-term is through TV. We are working on a couple of very exciting TV formats that we hope to share more about later this year. The goal is to make Discovery Education content accessible by everyone.

How can your technological solutions be implemented in public schools?

When developing our solutions for the Egyptian market, we took into account that the technological infrastructure in Egypt varies greatly across the country. As such, we continue to work on providing the greatest access possible to the more than 20 million students and more than 1.2 million teachers across Egypt. One such initiative is Curriculum Connect, which can be accessed via QR codes scanned by a smartphone. Another initiative, which we hope to be available in May, is to enable the downloading and use of content offline. And, as previously mentioned, we are working on some educational TV programmes that we hope to have later this year.

However, it is equally important to recognise that many of our instructional strategies and hands-on activities do not require any use of technology and are effective in building critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills in students.

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Twitter uses variety of methods to protect platform and accounts: Salama http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/24/623038/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/24/623038/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:46:50 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=623038 "Vast majority of tools and features rolled out are entirely controlled by the users themselves"

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As the role of social media grows in the entire world, Arab countries are no exception. Being one of the fastest growing platforms, Twitter reflects what is happening with a thriving community of Arabic-speaking users worldwide.

To continue growing, Twitter uses a variety of methods to protect the entire platform and individual Twitter accounts on an ongoing basis. This includes the fundamentals like the use of HTTPS everywhere and security for emails from Twitter.

In an interview with Daily News Egypt, George Salama, Twitter’s head of public policy and government relations in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) who is responsible for the strategic engagement with key government and political figures, policymakers, regulators, lawmakers, and media representatives across the MENA region, pointed out that when Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey tweeted about Ramadan in Arabic, it became his second most retweeted tweet ever.

He noted that President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is also an active user on Twitter and was the first President in the MENA region to utilise tools such as Periscope Producer.

 

What are the mechanisms you use to secure your clients’ accounts?

We use a variety of methods to protect the entire platform and individual Twitter accounts on an ongoing basis. This includes the fundamentals like the use of HTTPS everywhere and security for email from twitter.com. And as we’ve mentioned before, we secure account credentials using bcrypt.

We also protect access to accounts by evaluating items such as location, device being used, and login history in order to identify suspicious account access or behavior. In situations where a password has been directly exposed, users are sent a password reset notification and the account is protected until the owner of the email or phone number resets the password.

Here are a few steps everyone can take to keep their Twitter account safe:

1.      Enable login verification (e.g. two factor authentication). This is the single best action you can take to increase your account security.

2.      Use a strong password that you don’t reuse on other websites.

3.      Use a password manager such as 1Password or LastPass to make sure you’re using strong, unique passwords everywhere.

 

How do you decide what abusive words to mute?

Mute” is a tool that every user is empowered to use on an individual basis from their own in-app settings. It allows an account holder to mute entire accounts as they see fit, and the feature was recently expanded to allow users to mute certain keywords, phrases, or entire conversations from their notifications and timeline. You can even decide how long this content is muted for—one day, one week, one month, or indefinitely. With regards to prohibited behaviour on our platform, we have the Twitter rules, which we enforce based on reports from users.

 

What are the most prominent features that you have recently added?

The expansion of the “mute” tool as indicated above was an important development. We’re also continuing to improve the transparency and openness of our reporting processes. Users can now hear from us about accounts or Tweets that they’ve reported to our support teams—both when they report harassment directed at themselves or another account. Users are notified when we’ve received a report and are informed if we take further action. This is all visible in the notifications tab. We also launched “safe search”, which removes tweets that contain potentially sensitive content from search results, as well as tweets from blocked and muted accounts. In addition, we’ve introduced an array of controls to allow users to decide the types of accounts they want to receive notifications from. All of these new tools and features are designed to improve Twitter for everyone.

 

How can you ensure that the new features will not impact user experience?

The vast majority of the tools and features we’ve rolled out are entirely controlled by the users themselves. That’s part of our philosophy as a company—to empower people to shape their own experience on Twitter.

 

Would the new features be a new way for censorship?

Twitter will always be committed to showing all sides and giving everyone a voice around the world. This is built into our DNA. However, our rules are clear and we will continue to enforce them. As a company, we are committed to transparency and we publish our Transparency Report twice per year.

 

How do you see the demand for using Twitter as a social media platform in Egypt and across the Middle East?

We don’t have the country-specific data to share, but what is exciting is the growth in Daily Active Users (DAUs) and Monthly Active Users (MAUs), not just in Egypt, but across the MENA region. Twitter reflects what’s happening and we have a thriving community of Arabic-speaking users worldwide. To demonstrate the appetite, when our CEO and founder, Jack Dorsey, Tweeted about Ramadan in the Arabic language. It became @Jack’s second most retweeted tweet ever. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is also an active user on Twitter and was the first president in the MENA region to utilise tools such as Periscope Producer, which streams high-quality live video. We’re delighted to see a growth in the number of people joining our platform and using it to communicate with the world. MENA continues to be vital to Twitter’s success.

 

How did you improve your customer service experience?

We have clear ways to report to Twitter and are now communicating directly with our users in-app. We’re also trialing new ways to communicate with our users via our Direct Message service from our @Support account. For our support teams, we’ve retrained our teams and expanded in key areas to make sure we’re more responsive and consistent in our enforcement. We’re also starting to employ smarter use of our technology to improve everyone’s experience of Twitter.

 

Has the Twitter sphere been growing in Egypt and the Arab world? What are your expectations for the future? 

The future is bright. With constant product refinements, exciting new live deals, and real-time streaming directly in-app via Periscope, Twitter is going to be around for a long time to come. It’s clear that the entire region represents an incredibly exciting prospect for the company as we grow and mature as a company. With its diverse cultures and passions for everything from sports, to entertainment and beyond, Egypt and MENA are fundamental to Twitter’s future success.

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Tradeline replacing some iPhone 6S batteries free of charge http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/21/tradeline-now-replacing-iphone-6s-batteries-free-charge/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/21/tradeline-now-replacing-iphone-6s-batteries-free-charge/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:41:58 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622662 Tradeline Stores, the authorised Apple dealer in the Egyptian market, will replace the batteries on its iPhone 6S free of charge for devices which have been manufactured between September and October 2015. This decision is based on a support document published on Apples official website: “Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone …

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Tradeline Stores, the authorised Apple dealer in the Egyptian market, will replace the batteries on its iPhone 6S free of charge for devices which have been manufactured between September and October 2015.
This decision is based on a support document published on Apples official website: “Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down.”
Checking whether your iPhone 6S is eligible for the free repair requires a trip to a Tradelines maintenance center which is located in Sodic 6th of October city.
Ehab Medhat, head of the Sales & Marketing at Tradeline, said that Tradelines technical support staff are very well trained to handle this issue, and the replacement process only takes a few minutes without the need for a purchase invoice or warranty certificate.
Tradeline owns 12 branches in Egypt, located in Mall of Egypt, City Stars Mall, 35 Gameat El Dowal El Arabia Street, Dandy Mega Mall, Mall of Arabia, Concord Plaza Mall, Nile City Towers, American Plaza, San Stefeno Mall, Carrefour City Center in Alexandria, El Ahlam Building in Mansoura, and Point 90 in the Fifth Settlement of New Cairo.
Tradeline is a premier reseller for Apple products in Egypt and its maintenance centre, which is located in 6th of October City, is considered to be one of the largest maintenance center for Apple products in the Middle East.

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E-Finance, MCDR, NITD cooperate to launch electronic payment services http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/20/e-finance-mcdr-nitd-cooperate-launch-electronic-payment-services/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/20/e-finance-mcdr-nitd-cooperate-launch-electronic-payment-services/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:18:49 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622617 E-Finance, a company specialising in the field of electronic payment and money collection, signed a protocol of cooperation with Misr for Central Clearing, Depository, and Registry (MCDR) and with Nile Information Technology and Dissemination (NITD) to activate the electronic payment for investors and brokerage firms for the first time in the Egyptian market. The protocol …

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E-Finance, a company specialising in the field of electronic payment and money collection, signed a protocol of cooperation with Misr for Central Clearing, Depository, and Registry (MCDR) and with Nile Information Technology and Dissemination (NITD) to activate the electronic payment for investors and brokerage firms for the first time in the Egyptian market.

The protocol was signed by Ibrahim Sarhan, chairperson of E-Finance; Mohamed Abdel Salam, chairperson of MCDR; and Mohammed Omar, general manager of NITD.

The agreement aims to provide electronic payment services for investors and brokerage firms through the unified code of the stock market. The new system offers instantaneous reports showing details of all transactions. It also allows investors to transfer money at any time without going to the bank, not to mention the transfer of cash from one place to another. This ensures the implementation of required transactions of securities in a timely manner.

As for brokerage firms, the new system will allow only limited cash transactions and will ensure that the transferred money will arrive in the next working day without delay. In addition, the companies no longer need to keep large sums of cash in their headquarters, nor go to banks to deposit their cash.

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Voice call quality improves in February http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/19/voice-call-quality-improves-february/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/19/voice-call-quality-improves-february/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:00:22 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622386 Internet connection shows depreciation in quality compared to December 2016, according to NTRA 

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A recent report published by the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) for February showed that the quality of voice calls provided by the three mobile operators improved compared to December 2016.

According to the NTRA report, 17,353 mobile voice calls were examined in February in the Greater Cairo area, compared to 26,533 calls in December 2016. Out of the total calls examined, 42 calls were dropped in February, compared to 61 calls in December. The number of blocked calls reached 30 in February, compared to 23 in December 2016.

NTRA’s data showed that Orange performed the best among the three companies in terms of voice service quality. 5,683 calls of Orange were examined; only two were blocked and nine dropped. The voice services of Vodafone were examined through 5,916 calls, 14 of which were blocked, while 8 calls were dropped. Etisalat was examined through 5,754 calls, 14 of which were blocked, and 25 calls were dropped.

All three mobile operators—Orange, Vodafone, and Etisalat—didn’t exceed the 2% maximum limit for blocked calls that NTRA had set for the providers during the examination. However, Vodafone and Etisalat exceeded the 2% maximum limit of dropped calls.

Regarding mobile internet services, the NTRA’s report showed that the quality of the service depreciated slightly in February 2017 compared to December 2016. The NTRA examined the service through 6,468 connection attempts through the networks of the three operators, of which 10 were blocked compared to 6 in December 2016, with no interrupted connections.

NTRA conducted 2,202 connection attempts via the Vodafone network, of which two were blocked and none dropped. Etisalat blocked three attempts and dropped none out of 2,123 attempts, while Orange blocked five out of 2,143 internet connection attempts.

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FilKhedma negotiates to attracts investments of around EGP 15m http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/19/filkhedma-negotiates-attracts-investments-around-egp-15m/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/19/filkhedma-negotiates-attracts-investments-around-egp-15m/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:30:45 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622381 We are serving 6,000 clients, and we aim to reach 12,000 by the year end, Omar Ramadan states

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FilKhedma, a company that specialises in providing reliable technicians for household repairs through its website, is getting ready to attract new investments estimated at EGP 12-15m this year. The CEO of the company, Omar Ramadan, said the company also aims to increase the number of its services to nine within the coming two months.

Ramadan said that the website currently provides seven services, such as plumbing, electricity repairs, carpentry, and painting. The website aims to launch two new services within the coming two months, namely repairing refrigerators and stoves.

Ramadan added that the website serves two thirds of Cairo, with plans to cover the whole of Greater Cairo by the end of the year. He noted that the website has begun contracting with a number of restaurants and large corporations.

Ramadan explained that he is negotiating with several investors to attract new investments to the company. He expressed his hope to attract EGP 12-15m throughout the year to help the website expand and develop. He pointed out that while the company will retain the controlling share, he is offering a stake for sale.

He noted that the website is currently serving 6,000 clients and plans to double the figure by the end of the year.

Moreover, Ramadan said that the website has 20 technicians in different fields but plans to increase that number to 100 towards the end of 2017.

He pointed out that the site provides monthly salaries for craftsmen.

As for the challenges facing the team, Ramadan said that the low demand on services—which he attributed to the current economic conditions that lowered purchasing power and increased prices—along with the difficulty of attracting new clients are the main challenges. He added that the company’s business is expected to see growth during the summer.

He pointed out that the competition is fierce, noting that the website is distinguished for providing high-quality services at affordable prices, as well as employing verified craftspeople.

 

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Sony accounted for 10% of smart phone sales in upper price segment  http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/19/622373/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/19/622373/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:00:39 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=622373 The company is planning to launch the Xperia L1 in June to meet the needs of the medium-priced segment 

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Sony Mobile Communications in the Middle East and North Africa is planning to expand its products to address the medium-price segment in the Egyptian market during 2017. According to the regional director of the company, Younis Al Sharqawi, the company will start offering its new product, the Xperia L1, which belongs to this price segment, in Egypt in June.

This came on the sidelines of the Xperia 960 event in Dubai on the occasion of the company’s launch of its new Xperia XZ Premium. He said, in his interview with Daily News Egypt, that Sony accounted for 10% of the market share of mobile phones’ sales in the high price category, which starts at $200.

What are the main topics of your plans in the Egyptian market during 2017?

We have a clear strategy trough, where we will continue to focus on the premium and high-priced segment, which requires sophisticated and modern technologies, in addition to expanding our products to include medium-priced categories.

This year, we will begin expansions in the mid-price smart phone market by launching the Xperia L1. Over the past year we did not have a phone that meets the needs of the medium-priced segment of consumers, and it is expected that we will launch the new phone in June. Additionally, we will re-launch new versions of some of the products that succeeded on the Egyptian market, such as the Xperia X and XA Ultra—the company aims to launch them in June as well.

How do you view the sales growth of the mobile market in Egypt?

The Egyptian market achieved growth in terms of the financial value of the total sales and in the total numbers of products sold until November. After the flotation of the pound in November, the market faced a significant decline in sales, but then sales started to grow again in February, according to the indicators and reports we have received from specialised research institutions.

The stability of the dollar price has contributed to the stability of prices in the Egyptian market where traders and agents are used to price their products on a weekly basis due to the currency instability post flotation.

What are your expectations for the growth of the Egyptian market in 2017?

The growth is greatly related to the dollar price stability. The Egyptian market has many growth opportunities, as the spread of smart phones has not exceeded 70% in the Egyptian market, which means that 30% of users do not have smart phones, which is a major growth opportunity. Moreover, telecommunication companies are preparing to launch 4G services, and users will need to purchase phones that support the service.

What is your market share?

We have a 10% share in the top-price smart phone category, which Sony is addressing. The products’ prices in this category start at $200.

Your products are famous for being expensive. Does this affect your sales?

Our current products mainly address two categories: the high and medium price categories. If you compare our prices to other competitors, you will see that our prices are fairly low. We do not offer our products for the lower-price categories unlike our competitors. There is 70% of the Egyptian market that we do not address.

The Ministry of Communications has a plan to encourage the local manufacturing of mobiles, and some companies have taken serious steps in this regard. Does Sony have a vision for locally manufacturing its products?

Currently, we do not have sufficient knowledge regarding the legal aspect or sufficient information to see a point in local manufacturing. Until the vision is entirely clear, we do not have plans.

What is the importance of the Egyptian market in the region?

The Egyptian market is the most important in the Arab region and the Middle East, despite the current challenges for the country. It has a great economic value, because there are more than 90 million consumers who need modern technology, mostly youth. Additionally, the local market lacks new smart phones, which provide 4G services.

The company’s plans for 2017 focus on the Egyptian market, and we have strong partnerships with many local agents and distributors for more than 10 years, as well as maintenance centres in Cairo and other governorates.

How do you view the competition in the Egyptian market, especially after the emergence of many new mobile companies in Egypt?

The Egyptian market saw more competition over the last two years, but we target a certain segment of consumers, and we have a competitive advantage in this segment.

What are your plans for after-sale services?

We have two agents: Delta and Rizkallah, which run three after-sale services centres in Cairo and Alexandria. Additionally, we have maintenance and technical support centres in other governorates.

Do you plan to hold partnerships with mobile network operators in the local market?

We actually have partnerships with the three mobile operators in the Egyptian market (Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat). We provide an offer that includes purchasing a SIM card with a headset from Sony and a smart watch.

What are the main features of the company’s new phone that was launched today?

I’m happy to announce that the Xperia XZ Premium will be available in the Middle East by the end of May.

The Xperia XZ Premium features Sony’s new Motion Eye™ camera system, which offers the world’s first 960fps super slow motion video capture and playback, four times slower than any other smart phone. Its camera is so advanced that it captures motions the human eye can’t see, a beautiful 4K HDR display, super-fast download speeds, a stunning loop design and even more intelligent features.

The Xperia XZ Premium has won over 30 accolades and awards including “Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2017” at the annual Global Mobile Awards (Glomo Awards) from GSMA.

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Sigma Technologies expects growth of 60% in its business size in Egypt http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/17/sigma-technologies-expects-growth-60-business-size-egypt/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/17/sigma-technologies-expects-growth-60-business-size-egypt/#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:00:26 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621771 Mother company SELECT’s investments amount to $50m in 14 countries around the world

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Enterprise Sigma Technologies, a company specialised in data storage and predictive analytical solutions, aims to boost its business size by 60% in the local market during 2017 by increasing the number of its projects and products. Last year, the company had a business size of some EGP 200m. Meanwhile, its mother company, SELECT International, currently holds investments of $50m. Sigma Technologies has 40 clients in several sectors across the fields of banking, telecommunications, petroleum, aviation, and tourism, according to the company’s general manager, Shady Samir, in an interview with Daily News Egypt.

What is your targeted growth rate in Egypt?

The company targets annual growth rates ranging from 30 to 35%, driven by increasing the number of our products and solutions. We have recently become a partner to DELL Technologies, after the merger between DELL and EMC in September 2016.

What are the main solutions offered by your company?

The company offers technological solutions in data centres and document management, next to other cloud-computing services, big data, and information security. We have been a partner of EMC since it entered the local market in 2006.

What is the size of your investments?

SELECT International, our mother company, has investments amounting to $50m in 14 countries around the world.

What is new in the partnership between DELL and EMC?

We will grant all our technological solutions and products to EMC.

What sectors do you focus on, and why?

We mainly focus on banking, telecommunications, petroleum, aviation, and tourism. The reason we focus on these sectors is their continued need for new technological solutions to help them gain better access to clients and more innovative products to offer at affordable prices. This keeps them competitive compared to other companies in local and foreign markets.

What are the main projects carried out by your company?

We carried out the Telecom Egypt infrastructure upgrade to cloud computing in cooperation with EMC. These technologies provide the best services at the most affordable prices.

The competition on launching cloud computing platforms will force the companies working in the field to provide better solutions with added value at lower prices.

We have technological solutions in managing documents and securing them electronically.

How do you judge the current situation of the market?

The new products we are set to launch will provide our local clients with even better prices that help us in this competitive environment, especially under the current economic circumstances related to the volatility of the exchange rate.

We now have about 40 clients in the local market. We provide them with the latest solutions of DELL EMC in all sectors. We believe that this could double our sales growth this year.

We have recently held an annual summit for the managers of IT departments in the banking sector, which extended over three days. During that summit’s several sessions, we presented our solutions offered to improve the IT departments through mainly relying on data security and contributions to offering products that improve productivity and operational efficiency and help customers manage and secure complex IT environments to enhance business performance in general.

This is the right time for banks to move into the digital world. Our company provides solutions that facilitate data management, which help banks save effort and time.

What are the main axes of your plans in Egypt?

Our plan in the coming period is to focus on offering solutions to the governmental sector, along with telecommunications, banking, petroleum, energy, and small and medium enterprises, in addition to education and health. We will be focusing on upgrading government services offered to citizens.

We have recently sent a team to DELL Technologies to learn more about the use of modern technologies for the benefit of our clients in the local market.

What was the impact of flotation on your business?

The high exchange rate of the dollar against the Egyptian pound was a problem for our company and all other companies operating in the field of information technologies. All clients have reduced their spending on projects by 40%, due to the volatility of the exchange rate.

The coming period will force everyone to adopt a smart strategy and innovative policies that rely on entering the digital age, amid the fast changing environment all around the world. The digital transformation helps increase competitiveness of companies and maximises the added value they provide to their clients.

Starting 4G services is also a golden chance for our company and all the companies operating in the same field to provide the newest solutions in upgrading their infrastructure.

Sigma is a member of SELECT International, which is the parent corporation for a group of fast-growing companies operating across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to provide advanced IT system solutions and services with a major focus on the data science concept. Sigma acts as SELECT International’s arm that provides IT systems for data storage, virtualisation, and analytical predictive solutions.

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OPPO opens its third official outlet in Egypt http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/13/oppo-opens-third-official-outlet-egypt/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/13/oppo-opens-third-official-outlet-egypt/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:02:01 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621998 Opening direct sales and after-sales services centres are our strategy to satisfy clients: Andy Shi

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The smart phone manufacturer OPPO opened its third direct sales outlet in Egypt.

The opening of the new store comes as part of the company’s expansion plan in Egypt and serves as proof of the Egyptian market’s confidence in it.

Andy Shi, the brand director for OPPO Middle East and North Africa, said that opening the direct sales and after-sales services centres in Egypt is the main framework of the company’s strategy to expand in Egypt and the Middle East, which also aims to meet the clients’ needs.

The company currently has six more after-sales service centres in Cairo, Alexandria, Giza, Tanta, Mansoura, and Ismailia.

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3rd TEDx Cairo University starts receiving speakers’ ideas http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/05/3rd-tedx-cairo-university-starts-receiving-speakers-ideas/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/05/3rd-tedx-cairo-university-starts-receiving-speakers-ideas/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:00:37 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621002 The TEDx Cairo University team began receiving topic ideas from candidate speakers for the third annual event due to be held in August. Event on 29/4/2017 Theme of the event is ” Agora” Now we are recruiting attendees not speakers We have 9 speakers during the event one of them is Asser Nabil he will talk …

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The TEDx Cairo University team began receiving topic ideas from candidate speakers for the third annual event due to be held in August.

Event on 29/4/2017 Theme of the event is ” Agora”
Now we are recruiting attendees not speakers
We have 9 speakers during the event one of them is Asser Nabil he will talk about technology and 3D printing and leena Fakahani will talk about communication between humans

The first TEDx event was held in 2015 and hosted by Mahmoud Amir, who designed a 3D printer, while TEDx 2016 was hosted by Medhat El-Meseiri, who spoke about nanotechnology.

The TEDx initiative aims to spread the concept of the exchange of ideas, as well as encourage the community to participate in such events and be open to the ideas and opinions of others in order to understand the world.

The initiative was launched throughout several areas across Greater Cairo, including Sheikh Zayed, Maadi, Zamalek, and the Faculty of Fine Arts, in order to create a better local community that accepts different opinions. TEDx Cairo University is the first student activity to be held outside the university.

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Supporting emerging companies a prominent feature of Cisco’s plans http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/05/supporting-emerging-companies-prominent-feature-ciscos-plans/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/05/supporting-emerging-companies-prominent-feature-ciscos-plans/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:30:37 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=621001 Minister of Communication discussed technological solutions for smart cities with the mother company during his visit last month, says El Gohary

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Ayman El Gohary, general manager of Cisco Egypt and Libya, said that his company plans to focus its investments on supporting emerging companies in the local market this year as part of its plan for the Egyptian market.

He added that the Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Yasser Al-Qadi, has met with the leaders of Cisco during his visit to the US last month. The two parties discussed the technology of smart cities, technological applications, and technological solutions for smart cities.

He said that the Ministry of Communication has an ambitious plan to turn Egypt into an integrated centre for data, electronics manufacturing, cloud computing, and financial inclusion in the Middle East.

El Gohary added that the volume of the company’s business has declined during the first quarter of this year, and he expects further declines if the exchange rate continues to fluctuate.

On the other hand, Cisco has revealed that more than one-third of the organisations that experienced breaches in 2016 were exposed to severe losses in the number of consumers, as well as incomes by 20%, according to the cyber security report issued by the company for 2017. It was done on a sample of 3,000 senior security officials in institutions in more than 13 countries.

The results of the report showed that 90% of these organisations have improved the technology and tools to counter the threats to which they have been exposed following the attacks they suffered. The report showed that criminals return to using traditional ways, such as misleading ads and spam emails.

Commenting on the report, Yasser Moussa, executive head of technology at Cisco in Africa, said that the danger institutions—whether government or private—were exposed to, call for security tools to counter any attacks, which can cause major losses to companies.

Speeding up the time taken to discover these breaches is a crucial matter. Cisco has reduced the time from an average of 14 hours in early 2016 to 6 hours in the last half of 2016, said Moussa.

He explained that increasing data transfer creates more room for attacks, in light of the indicators that confirm tripling the global data transfer rate by 2020 from its previous one. He went on to explain that 66% of the data transfer rate will be done through Wi-Fi and mobile phones.

The Cyber Security report for 2017 has revealed the potential financial impact of the attacks on companies of all sizes, whether large, medium, or small. More than 50% of organisations have faced general monitoring by hackers. Operations and financial systems suffered the most impact, followed by the reputation of the brand and maintaining the number of consumers. For companies that dealt with attacks, the impact was major.

The report said that 56% of the security alerts are being investigated and that less than the half of the legitimate alerts are being treated.

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Dell EMC’s business size in Egypt $100m: Tantawi http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/05/dell-emcs-business-size-egypt-100m-tantawi/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/04/05/dell-emcs-business-size-egypt-100m-tantawi/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:00:52 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=620997 Company plans to contribute technological solutions to the New Administrative Capital

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The business size off Dell EMC in Egypt reached $100m. The company is establishing seven subsidiaries of Dell Technologies, after the merger with EMC in September. The deal—financed by eight international banks—was valued at $67bn, making it the largest deal in the history of the communications and information technology (CIT) sector.

The company began to launch their products bearing the new brand in February. Mohamed Tantawi, director and general manager of the company’s unit in Egypt and Libya, told Daily News Egypt in an interview that it targets boosting spending on research and development in 2017, noting that its business size amounts to $73bn, with presence in 180 countries around the world.

What is the company’s business size in Egypt?

The size of our business in Egypt is approaching $100m after the acquisition.

What are the details of the merger deal between Dell and EMC?

The merger deal was concluded between Dell and EMC in September 2016. The total value of the deal amounted to $67bn, making it the most expensive deal in the field of communications and information technology in history.

The merger took place on 19 July 2016 after 98% of EMC’s stakeholders approved it.

The world’s largest 14 banks proposed to contribute in financing the deal, eight of which were chosen.

Following the merger, the name of the company became Dell Technologies, with seven subsidiaries under its umbrella, including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal Software, SecureWorks, and VMware.

How much is allocated for R&D?

The company spent $12bn on research and development over the past three years and will continue to inject more into the sector in 2017.

The company is interested in research and development, especially in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT). We support all innovations in that field, as it represents the real development of the CIT sector, which can directly serve other sectors.

How do you see investment opportunities in the IT sector in Egypt?

The state is moving to keep pace with technological development and mark achievements in the CIT sector, which benefits citizens and boosts the sector’s growth.

We have the largest share of the data center market, as we deal with all banks in Egypt, as well as the ministries and government bodies.

Moreover, we played a strong role in implementing the Takaful and Karama programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity and i-Finance to automate access to data of beneficiaries all over Egypt.

The company worked on the data of 500,000 citizens and all their related documents at the ministry.

How do you see the impact of establishing the National Council for Payments?

In my opinion, establishing the council will contribute to assisting the state achieve financial inclusion towards a cashless society.

There is an increase in the volume of banking business, which requires a strategy to secure these banks and protect the data—especially considering Egypt represents an important economic power in the Middle East and Africa.

What are the key features of your plans for 2017?

The plan in the current period focuses on providing services to the governmental sector. But we will also be providing solutions to communications companies, banks, petroleum and energy companies, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), in addition to the sectors of education and healthcare.

We offer our services to all telecommunication companies in the local market and offer a number of solutions, such as data centres and cloud computing.

Minister of Communication and Information Technology Yasser Al-Qadi recently visited the headquarters of Pivotal during his visit to the United States. They agreed, in principle, to hold a partnership between them and the government in preparing a young Egyptian generation of inventors.

We will hold a new meeting with the Ministry of Communication and its subsidiary bodies to develop the features of how to create this generation.

We currently have a centre of 1,000 Egyptian engineers in Cairo. The centre provides innovative technological solutions to the mother company in the US and to our units around the world. The team also provides technical support in 14 languages.

Moreover, we provide our services to all bodies and companies operating in the oil sector. Most of the services they require rely on big data, data analysis, and data centre solutions.

What about your plans for the training of human resources?

We cooperate with 22 Egyptian universities to train their students on the latest technologies and introduce them to the newest trends in the sector, especially data centres, cloud computing, big data, and IoT.

To date, we have trained 3,000 young men and women. These figures are expected to double within the next few years.

How do you see the future of cloud computing solutions in Egypt?

The competition on launching cloud computing platforms will force the companies working in the field to provide better solutions with added value at lower prices.

We excel because we have integrated solutions for all sectors. For instance, the company has technological solutions in managing documents and securing them.

What does the sector need to push forward the CIT activity in Egypt?

The IT solutions are important and necessary. Public and private institutions have to adopt strategies aimed at building a system of digital transformation, especially the financial sector.

Cloud and big-data solutions have become essential in the framework of digital transformation, which ensures the availability of information so that decision makers can take informed decisions. Digital transformation has become a distinctive feature for all commercial businesses that aim to satisfy their clients and improve the services they provide.

Do you have plans to contribute with your technological expertise in the New Administrative Capital?

The company has many technological solutions that are commensurate with the needs of the capital, especially as the New Administrative Capital is planned to be a real smart city. We have initiated talks with officials to discuss the means of cooperation and the services we can provide. We are now preparing to present a detailed offer with all our solutions and services.

Meanwhile, we are also working to take part in implementing data centres in the technological parks currently under construction by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

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Truecaller and Google work together to improve video calling http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/30/truecaller-google-work-together-improve-video-calling/ http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2017/03/30/truecaller-google-work-together-improve-video-calling/#respond Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:14:14 +0000 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=620403 Google Duo integration into Truecaller set to bring all-in-one communications app to millions, as Truecaller app adds new messaging and SMS-blocking features

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Truecaller announced that it is integrating Google Duo, a simple video calling service, within the Truecaller app. This will add a crucial communications layer that strengthens the value of Truecaller’s wildly popular dialer, caller ID, and spam-blocking app, already used by more than 250 million users globally.

Along with news of this integration, Truecaller announced a completely new redesign of the Android app, and now with a broader array of useful features, including SMS—which enable users to instantly see who’s SMS’ing them and filter out all spam messages—and flash messaging, which allows a user to send quick pre-defined messages to any Truecaller user to let them know that they are in distress, at a certain location, or at home.

Alan Mamedi, co-founder and CEO of Truecaller said the company has worked relentlessly to build a product that helps simplify communications for consumers across the globe and help them address important needs, such as knowing the identity of those calling and blocking unwanted numbers. He added that the partnership with Google takes the next step in the journey, bringing all mobile communications and transactions under one roof and giving consumers the safest, most efficient, and most convenient experience possible without having to switch back and forth between providers or download multiple apps for each service.

Amit Fulay, head of Duo at Google said that video calling should work for everybody, regardless of what platform they are on, adding that the aim is to make video calling simple, fast, and available to everyone.

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