The number of ADSL subscriptions grew by 4.1% in the last quarter of 2015, increasing from 3.6m subscriptions in the third quarter to 3.8m in the last quarter, according to a report by the Ministry of Communications.
The number of Egyptian households who use the internet reached 43.5% during the last quarter of 2015, while the number of households who have internet access at home reached 39.2%.
The report indicated that 98.4% of these households connect to the internet through ADSL in speeds equivalent to or higher than 256 kb/sec, while 33.2% of households are connected to the internet through mobile broadband. The report estimated that 0.2% are connected to the internet through narrowband, with speeds less than 256 kb/sec.
According to the report, 22.3% of Egyptian households use the internet to connect with others via social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, while 24.2% of households send messages via e-mail.
The report estimated that 12.1% of Egyptian households use the internet to make voice calls, and 11.3% use it to obtain information about health and health services, 5.2% use it to obtain information about government authorities, and 6% use it to obtain information about goods and services.
The report also showed that 20% of Egyptian households use the internet at least once a day, while 9.5% use it once a week and not on a daily basis, and 2.6% use the internet less than once a week.
According to the report, the greater Cairo area has the lion’s share of total ADSL subscriptions, making up 45% of total subscriptions.
The Delta provinces represent 28% of subscriptions, while Alexandria and Matrouh represent 11%, Upper Egypt 10%, and Sinai and Red Sea cities 6%.
In January 2015, there was a clear decline in the number of internet users, as they declined from 33.8 million users in December 2015 to 26.2 million users in January 2016.
This decline is the result of the number of USB users dropping to 26.9%, where it declined from 3.8 million users in December 2015 to 2.7 million users by January 2016.
The number of mobile internet users declined by 24.8% in January 2016, where mobile internet users fell from 26.3 million users in December 2015 to 19.7 million users in January 2016.