Given the role social media and technology played in the Egyptian revolution, it should come as no surprise that Egypt's mobile internet use has increased over the past year. According to the ICT Ministry's annual report, mobile penetration reached 115% in 2013, while mobile usage has grown at an annual rate of 10% from 2012 to 2013 to reach a penetration rate of almost 40%.
Here's a closer look at some of the report's major findings:
- Internet use in Egypt grew at an annual rate of 10% to reach 32 million users in January 2013, for a penetration rate of 39.2%.
- Mobile phone users in Egypt grew at a rate of 5.24% to reach 96 million users in January 2013, for a penetration rate exceeding 115.92%.
- Most internet users in Egypt (44%) access the internet via mobile internet and USB modem, yet ADSL isn't far behind, at 38%.
- Mobile internet use, which has reached over 10 million subscribers, dwarfs that of USB and ADSL, which are at 2 and 3 million respectively.
- The report found that current investments in Egypt's ICT sector reached 46.4 billion Egyptian pounds (US $6.6 billion) in 2013, up from 45.88 in 2012.
For more on the status of IT in Egypt, download the full report from the grey box to the right.