Four times the speed would boost Egypt’s GDP by USD1bn

Quadrupling Egypt’s broadband speed would contribute 0.6% to the nation’s GDP, says a report released by Ericsson .

Research conducted by Ericsson, Arthur D. Little and Chalmers University of Technology confirms that increased broadband speed contributes significantly to economic growth

Positive effects come from automated and simplified processes, increased productivity as well as better access to basic services such as education and health

Quadrupling the speed of broadband in Egypt has the potential to contribute an additional 0.6% to the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The findings are based on research jointly conducted by Ericsson, Arthur D. Little and Chalmers University of Technology.

Significantly, while doubling the country's broadband speed would lead to a 0.3 percent increase in GDP worth almost USD688.59 million, quadrupling Internet access speeds would add approximately USD1.377 billion or a growth of 0.6%. The study also shows that additional doublings of speed can yield corresponding GDP growth stimuli.

According to analyst firm Business Monitor International (BMI), there were 4.430 million broadband users recorded in the country as of 2011, with the number projected to rise by 3.84 million to 8.276 million users in 2016.

"Broadband has emerged as a significant driver of economic growth even as we continue to evolve from an information society to what we, at Ericsson, call a Networked Society," said Anders Lindblad, president, Ericsson Region Middle East and North Africa. "There is no doubt in my mind that Broadband, whether mobile or fixed-line, is a vehicle for economic growth, innovation and productivity.

He added, "The government and telecom operators here in Egypt have clearly recognized the importance of broadband and this is reflected in their collective efforts to achieve higher penetration across the country through fixed and mobile broadband solutions."

Both broadband availability and speed are strong drivers in an economy. In 2010, Ericsson and Arthur D. Little concluded that for every 10 percentage point increases in broadband penetration, GDP increases by 1 percent.

This growth stems from a combination of direct, indirect and induced effects. Direct and indirect effects provide a short to medium term stimulus to the economy. The induced effect, which includes the creation of new services and businesses, is the most sustainable dimension and could represent as much as one third of the mentioned GDP growth.

This study is the first of its kind in that it quantifies the economic impact of increases in broadband speed in a comprehensive scientific method using publicly available data.


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