Technology – Daily News Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Sun, 14 Oct 2018 18:03:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Network International banks integrate Egypt’s Meeza payment scheme https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/13/network-international-banks-integrate-egypts-meeza-payment-scheme/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/13/network-international-banks-integrate-egypts-meeza-payment-scheme/#respond Sat, 13 Oct 2018 20:21:40 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=677293 NI partner banks among first acquiring banks in Egypt to integrate national payments scheme

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Network International (NI) Egypt, a leader in payments solutions in Africa, announced today that the banks with which the company partners are now fully integrated and certified to process transactions under Meeza, the new Egyptian national payments scheme.

The latest development complements NI’s ongoing efforts to support the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) initiatives to reduce dependence on cash, and advance the local payments infrastructure.

Meeza is the national debit card that the CBE is rolling out before the end of the year, as part of its push towards financial inclusion, and a cashless society.

A CBE official informed last month through press statements that pensioners would be among the first to access state benefits through the cards, which would also be used to electronically deliver payments to civil servants, and subsidy recipients.

For his part, Hany Fekry, managing director of NI Egypt explained that being among the first to integrate with the national payment scheme reinforces NI’s collective efforts to streamline operations, improve profitability for its customers, and support the government’s initiatives to boost electronic payments in the country.

“Our commitment to Egypt, the Middle East, and Africa to provide entrepreneurs, corporations and government bodies with intuitive, secure, and smart payment solutions is central to our work at Network International,” Fekry assured.

Meanwhile, Rafik El Raheb, chief information officer of NI Africa, stated that businesses in the region need increasingly sophisticated solutions that are versatile.

“With the technology-led focus of Network International, we plan and design solutions that our customers need, and we make them a reality,” he indicated.

“The latest cloud technology and data centre facilities, automated resource allocation, scalable IT and network capacity is what we offer, as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience gained throughout Africa, the Middle East, and beyond,” El Raheb concluded.

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Samsung starts delivering new tablet shipment to Egyptian government https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/11/samsung-starts-delivering-new-tablet-shipment-to-egyptian-government/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/11/samsung-starts-delivering-new-tablet-shipment-to-egyptian-government/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 09:00:58 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=677019 Devices have Knox MDM software to secure data, manage content

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In one of Samsung’s largest tablet deals, in terms of the volume of sales worldwide, Samsung Electronics – Egypt has started delivering the shipments of its new tablets to the Egyptian government, according to the agreement signed with the Ministry of Education.

Under the agreement, Samsung would provide 708 smart tablets, to be distributed to the first secondary year students across Egypt, during the school year 2018/19.

The number of tablets to be provided covers the total number of students at government schools, as well as teachers who would be supervising the students’ use of the tablets.

Samsung was chosen as the supplier of these tablets, after the government announced a public tender among several technological companies working in the field. After several companies met the conditions of the tender, the armed forces carried out a comprehensive evaluation and reviewed the offers made, in order to guarantee the highest quality level, and determined the extent to which the technical specifications of the devices met the ministry’s requirements.

“The Egyptian Ministry choosing us as a trusted partner shows the high quality of our innovative products upon which users rely everywhere. The tablet the ministry chose comes with developed technical specifications, and is deemed the perfect choice for education,” said Samsun’s Chairman in Egypt, Jihyun Lee.

Noteworthy, the new tablet devices come with a three-year warranty, supported by Samsung’s customers service network, which is available across Egypt.

The new devices are also supported with Knox MDM software to secure the data stored on the tablet, and facilitate managing its content, which would give the Ministry of Education full control over the devices to be given soon.

Hossam El Kashef, head of Corporate Business at Samsung Egypt, said that in Samsung, there is reliance on the most developed technological applications, to create products that offer an exceptional experience for all users.

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Vodafone leads mobile operators’ losses, with 345,800 clients lost in June https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/11/vodafone-leads-mobile-operators-losses-with-345800-clients-lost-in-june/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/11/vodafone-leads-mobile-operators-losses-with-345800-clients-lost-in-june/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:30:30 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=676969 Number of modem devices remained stable at 3.48m, number of landline users increased by 1.5%

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The mobile market in Egypt lost some 764,700 clients in June over May 2018, falling from 96.4 million in May to 95.4 million in June.

According to indicators revealed by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the three companies Vodafone, Orange, and Etisalat lost many clients that month.

Vodafone recorded the highest rate of customer loss among the three companies in June, as the company lost 345,800 clients, falling from 42 million in May to 41.7 million in June.

On the other hand, Orange Egypt lost about 225,600 clients in June, where its customer base declined from 31.3 million in May to 31.1 million in June.

Meanwhile, Etisalat lost 193,100 customers, falling from 19.9 million in May to 19.7 million in June.

On the contrary, the internet market also gained 1.6 million clients in June over May, with a 4.7% growth in internet mobile users witnessed in June, increasing from 31.3 million in May to 32.8 million.

The number of mobile internet users accounted for 34.4% of total internet users, rising by 1.8% from May.

Moreover, the number of USB modem devices remained stable at 3.48m, while the number of landline users increased by 1.5% reaching 5.83 million in June up from 5.73 million in May.

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Samsung acquires largest market share of mobile sales in Egypt in September 2018 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/10/samsung-acquires-largest-market-share-of-mobile-sales-in-egypt-in-september-2018/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/10/samsung-acquires-largest-market-share-of-mobile-sales-in-egypt-in-september-2018/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:00:39 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=676789 Huawei continues to march towards top with 17.3% share 

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Samsung continued to top the mobile market sales in Egypt in September. According to a StatCounter report on the market, Samsung accounted for 35.9% of the market sales, falling slightly from 36.2% in August.

According to the report, Huawei continued its slow advance towards the forefront, as its market share grew by 1% in September compared to August. Huawei’s share rose from 16.3% to 17.3% in September, ranking second, in terms of mobile phone sales in Egypt.

Apple ranked in the third place, with a market share of 10.4%, falling slightly from 10.7% in August.

Infinix ranked fourth on the list, with a market share of 7.3% at the end of September, compared to 7.1% in August.

Lenovo ranked fifth, after acquiring 6.5% of sales in September, compared to 6.1% in August.

In sixth place, Oppo dominated 4.7% of the market share in September, up from 4.4% in August.

HTC followed in the seventh place, with a market share of 2.6% in September, moving up from 2.5% in August.

TECNO Mobile came in eighth place, with a market share of 2.3% in September, down from 2.4% in August.

Sony ranked ninth on the list, with a market share of 1.6% in September, tailing the list of market shares.

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Azure Stack eliminates challenges facing data centre industry https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/10/azure-stack-eliminates-challenges-facing-data-centre-industry/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/10/azure-stack-eliminates-challenges-facing-data-centre-industry/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:30:56 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=676786 New technology overcomes problem of information sovereignty: El Salmy

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Microsoft Egypt Cloud Business Group Lead, Ahmed El Salmy, said that Azure Stack solutions for data hosting, has many competitive advantages over cloud computing, and other data hosting services.

He told Daily News Egypt that Azure Stack is different from  traditional cloud computing services, as it could be used to benefit from the apps available on it, without internet connection, which is a good solution for the apps that want to keep their data separate from internet, or in geographical locations where internet connection is difficult to establish.

Azure Stack is suitable for many government institutions in Egypt that wish to keep their data within the country, and it is also suitable for critical sectors in terms of security, he added.

El Salmy believes there is a strong chance for the growth of the cloud computing market in Egypt, as the Egyptian government aims to compete with global developments, and digital transformation. Cloud computing is one of the tools needed to achieve such digitalisation.

“We will provide our own Azure Stack solutions through Link Data Centre, which is one of our distinguished partners in the Egyptian market,” he said.

As for the challenges, previously they revolved especially in the information sovereignty of some critical industries and government entities, however they were overcome through Azure Stack.

Link Datacenter and Microsoft Egypt have launched Azure Stack services, which placed Link Datacenter as the first provider of Azure Stack cloud computing services.

Link Datacenter is a Gold business partner certified by Microsoft Egypt. It offers a variety of data-hosting solutions through Azure Cloud services and its data centres, as well as data management, across a range of technological fields. Cooperation with Link Datacenter includes information security, as well as infrastructure and software availability. These services are provided by regional data centres in three different locations, which are characterised by international technical specifications which meet customer demands.

Azure Stack is the latest cloud computing innovation from Microsoft, where it enhances Azure’s cloud computing services. The hosting is not only limited to a geographical location, thus allowing organisations to overcome the constraints set by the regulatory policies, data sovereignty policies, or time-access problems. Azure Stack can also be easily connected to Azure Cloud to integrate cloud data and applications.

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Huawei fights dirty to raise ‘Nova 3i’ sales https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/10/huawei-fights-dirty-to-raise-nova-3i-sales/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/10/huawei-fights-dirty-to-raise-nova-3i-sales/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:00:14 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=676777 Company said it prefers if customers provide video saying they decided to switch to Nova 3i instead of F9

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The smartphone market in Egypt is witnessing fierce competition among 21 various smartphone manufacturers. Almost all of them are Chinese, except Samsung and LG which are from Korea, Lava from India, and America’s Apple.

The competition has recently taken another turn between Oppo and Huawei. The latter has decided to bribe traders to push consumers to buy Nova 3i, instead of the Oppo F9, as each transaction would be awarded by the company.

At the end of August, Huawei launched Nova 3 and Nova 3i, while Oppo launched F9 mid-September. The two are considered the latest addition to the Egyptian smartphone market.

According to an incentives’ list distributed by Huawei among traders which was obtained by Daily News Egypt, Huawei has urged traders to convince consumers seeking Oppo F9, to buy the Nova 3i instead.

The document has set the incentives at EGP 200 for each store of 10 employees, EGP 100 for a store of 20 employees, and EGP 50 for stores of 50 employees.

Huawei has stipulated several conditions for sellers to obtain this incentive, namely, providing the names of clients and their phone numbers. The company specifically said it would prefer if the customers could provide their Oppo F9 reservation card, or a video saying they have decided to switch to Nova 3i instead of the F9.

The Oppo F9 has several new features, including super-fast charging equipped with five safety features. The phone’s charging kit is equipped with voltage measure and VOOC Identification. Through these features, the risk factor has dropped to 1 in a billion, instead of 1 in a million.

Moreover, the F9 has a 3,500 mAh battery supported by AI battery management. This system keeps the battery working longer, by learning the user’s usage patterns and habits over time. The system automatically closes inactive applications to save power, or put it at a lower state of consumption. The battery, hence, would last longer.

The F9 comes with a 6.3-inch, 1080×2340 pixels display, and 19:5:9 aspect ratio.

On the other hand, the Nova 3i comes with an AI camera system. It is available in a new design, and new colours. The display accounts for 82.2% of the phone’s size.

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TE secures EGP 22bn worth revenues from long-term contracts with mobile operators https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/10/te-secures-egp-22bn-worth-revenues-from-long-term-contracts-with-mobile-operators/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/10/te-secures-egp-22bn-worth-revenues-from-long-term-contracts-with-mobile-operators/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 09:30:53 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=676766 Capacity sales’ revenues grew in H1 2018

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Telecom Egypt (TE) has secured high revenues of more than EGP 22bn until 2022, according to an official from TE.

TE renewed a wholesale agreement with Vodafone Egypt to provide transmission services until the end of 2020. This agreement guarantees revenue of EGP 2.37bn for TE over its tenure. Vodafone also renewed its International Services for EGP 12bn until the end of 2022.

Similarly, TE renewed its transmission services agreement with Orange to 2021, for EGP 1.5bn. It renewed the international services agreement as well, until 2022 for EGP 4bn.

Moreover, TE and Etisalat Misr, renewed the EGP 3bn transmission services agreement worth EGP 3bn.

Through these agreements, TE aims to boost its wholesale revenue stream by monetising its infrastructure investments, and securing long-term agreements with domestic mobile operators.

According to a previous report by the ministry, the cable revenue contributed to 9% of TE’s total consolidated revenues in 2017.

Revenue from this business is divided into 3 sub-segments: Cable projects, where revenue generated from new cables crossing Egypt and the sale of fibre pairs on cables owned. The second subsegment is ancillary services (O & M), where annual fees are charged by TE for the operation and maintenance of cables crossing Egypt. The third subsegment is capacity sales. In this source, TE sells capacities on the cables, in which they participate in a consortium or by owning them, to other carries.

Cable system revenue contribution is categorised as recurring and non-recurring contracts, where some are contracted under leased capacities, and some are contracted under the indefeasible right of use for the cable’s lifetime.

During the first half (H1) of 2018, capacity sales revenues reached EGP 451m, up from EGP 382m.

Revenues from ancillary services (O & M) also increased from EGP 146m to EGP 178m, while cable projects declined from EGP 59m to EGP 46m.

The source told Daily News Egypt that TE accounted for 79.3% of the ADSL market in Egypt, the largest share H1 of 2018, estimated at 4.6 million subscribers, out of total 5.8 million. The other four internet service providers are: Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat, and Noor, which have 1.2 million subscribers.

According to the official, the ADSL services lead the data transmission revenues of TE, reaching EGP 3.2bn, out of EGP 4.9bn worth of revenues, from data transmission in H1 of this year. This is higher than EGP 2.3bn worth of revenues achieved last year.

Meanwhile, landline services revenues amounted to EGP 1.5bn in H1 of this year, compared to EGP 1.2bn in the same period last year.

According to TE statistics, the ratio of landlines to households reached 30.8%, whilst it is 24.2% for ADSL services.

As for the mobile market, which TE has recently entered, the company has attracted 3.3 million users at the end of H1 of 2018, up from 2.9 million in the first quarter of 2018.

According to TE, Vodafone has 41.4 million users, leading the mobile market, followed by Etisalat with 31.6 million users, then Orange with 31.1 million.

According to TE, the ratio of landlines services to population reached 105%, while data transmission ratio reached 37%.

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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence part 1:The New Power Within Reach https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/04/the-rise-of-artificial-intelligence-part-1the-new-power-within-reach/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/04/the-rise-of-artificial-intelligence-part-1the-new-power-within-reach/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:50:51 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=676150 Each daily minute, 3.9m Google searches, 4.3m YouTube videos,13m text messages, 2.1m snaps, 1 million passengers on aeroplanes, $ 330,000 Amazon sales, 73,249 online retail transactions, 750,000 songs streamed, 49,380 Instagram photos, 159m emails sent 

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From truck drivers to lawyers, security guards to chief executive officers, web-marketing to neuroscience, artificial intelligence (AI) is coming to change people’s lives, major professions, and industries. It is happening, and is scaling up every day. Designing and developing AI solutions is becoming increasingly affordable, and it is not limited to any location, business discipline, or patented technology.

The ability to get actively engaged in the field of AI simply comes down to the fundamental capabilities that any established society, business, or group have access to; human intelligence, knowledge, and ability to make sense of available data. This might seem to be an oversimplified statement, but this is the reality that every individual engaged in a discipline affected or likely to be affected by AI should realise. However, this article is not intended to advocate the school of thought which warns that robots will take over the world, or that interest groups that think AI are a threat which will drive people out of their jobs. It is rather an attempt to put the topic into a reasonably realistic context, away from the hypes driven by some of the colloquial noises surrounding the topic.

This 10-part article also attempts to map out the topic in a simplified manner, and tackles the fundamentals of some issues that impact our daily life, or come to our news platforms, with respect to AI. It also encourages readers and professionals interested in the field to think of possible ways to take an active role in the field of AI, rather than wait for the winds of change to come. In other words, how do we start thinking of AI when dealing with business challenges and opportunities that we encounter every day?

The New Electricity?

Running a cooling system or a factory is impossible without electric power. By analogy, developing an AI-powered solution is nearly impossible without data. We are living in the age of the internet and big data. The world exchanges 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created daily (according to IBM data insights).  It might be helpful here to give the reader a sense of what this number means in terms of statistics. Each minute of the day, 3.9m Google searches are conducted, 4.3m YouTube videos are watched, 13m text messages are sent, 2.1m snaps are shared by Snapchat users, 1 million people are passengers on aeroplanes, $ 330,000 are spent on Amazon sales, 73,249 online retail transactions are made, 750,000 songs are streamed on Spotify, 49,380 photos are posted on Instagram, and 159m emails are sent around the world. 

The term AI was not invented recently and dates back to 1956 when it was first used by John McCarthy during a conference held about the subject. However, AI has made breakthroughs in many fields only over the recent years and is ongoing. Such AI significant advancement is due to two main factors.

First is the increasing quality and size of available big data. Second is that the computational power of processing and storing data have dramatically increased and have become extremely powerful. In addition to these two factors, algorithmic operations (we will talk about these later in detail) which are the key driving forces behind AI solutions have significantly improved.

In the past, success and accuracy rates of algorithmic operations on available data were running low due to limited computational powers. Now with increasing computational powers, AI algorithms’ performance is delivered with higher success, and efficiency rates.

Increasing the availability of data and computer powers helped the creation of very successful AI-powered solutions in many industries, and professions. AI has been recently described as the ‘new electricity’ by Professor Andrew NG, one of the leading AI scientists and the co-founder of Coursera (the popular open education platform).

In his analogy, he explained that a hundred years ago, when electricity first developed, it transformed many major industries. Nowadays, AI is forging the same impact, as it is transforming several major industries. It is very hard to imagine any significant industry immune from the influence of AI.

While the analogy seems to be perfectly vivid in our minds, I personally believe that big data is the new electricity and not AI. Without big data, which is now available in many different forms (as explained earlier), AI’s impact would have been limited. For example, some of Google’s outstanding AI achievements in deep-learning related projects (such as Google image recognition and Google translation) would not have become so successful without the billions of files, pictures, and videos available on Google’s platforms.

Likewise, Siri (Apple’s voice-controlled personal assistant) has significantly improved because of the gigantic size of audio files available for processing using AI’s algorithms.

The robot Sophia, that has been recently introduced in many conferences giving logical answers to many basic questions, is powered with a cloud-based search platform, which helps the robot find the right answer to the question asked. These are just a few examples out of a myriad more. Imagine if today, all these applications are no longer updated with new data.

Most (if not all) of the sophisticated AI-powered applications cannot efficiently perform and evolve without continuing analysis of an update with new data. If new data is no longer available, an efficiency gap would exist between the evolving data, and AI performance.

This gap is likely to lead to decreasing efficiency of AI solutions over time, or cause the AI’s performance to become static at some point. Tackling the point from a different angle, the big data which AI needs to accelerate is mainly the work product of human intelligence. Therefore, simply put, AI evolves and become better as long as our human intelligence continues to feed it. Human intelligence also needs AI to become smarter and more efficient.

Therefore, the interface between human intelligence and artificial intelligence is a cycle that should contribute to a better future of humanity, if used properly.

Next Part: Meaning and Branches of AI.

Hani Abderasoul

CEO and Chief of Legal Analytics at Brightiom, California.

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MENA’s 1st e-commerce summit focuses on latest industry trends, innovations, future technologies https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/02/menas-1st-e-commerce-summit-focuses-on-latest-industry-trends-innovations-future-technologies/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/02/menas-1st-e-commerce-summit-focuses-on-latest-industry-trends-innovations-future-technologies/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 19:52:30 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=675875 Summit invited 2,500 industrial, commercial, financial, service sector leaders, as well as IT experts

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Egypt successfully hosted the first e-commerce summit in the Middle East to deliberate on the future of the business landscape in the region.

The event’s organiser is leading tech agency, Robusta, targeting retail groups, corporates in different sectors, industries, brands, and supporting and complementary functions ranging from payments and logistics to branding and advertising.

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat delivered a speech at the closing session of the summit which included 13 panel discussions and 21 one-on-one sessions.

The event was attended by over 80 speakers from more than 15 different industrial sectors, in the presence of over 2,500 international participants and market leaders.

The summit discussed the Egyptian market’s potential to become one of the leading markets in the field of e-commerce. Local statistics show that the number of Internet users in Egypt reached 39.6 million in April, amid rapid growth of mobile phone users, leading to an increase in e-commerce platforms.

The summit additionally addressed the future trends of e-commerce in Egypt and its impact on international markets, focusing on business transactions over the Internet. Since the launch of Amazon Business in 2015, the market has been constantly evolving, attracting more than 1 million customers, according to Forbes.

Studies refer that 42% of B2B online customers are millennials, which pushes for creating more payment solutions.

Robusta’s Managing Director, Hussein Mohieldin, commented on the launch of the event stating, “the e-commerce summit is a starting point for the Egyptian market for development through digital transformation.” He added, “this event has received significant support from retail market leaders in an attempt to develop e-commerce. We hope this summit becomes an annual destination for retailers to explore e-commerce solutions, the latest trends, and innovations and future technologies transforming the retail market in the MENA region.”

Mohieldin pointed out that the summit’s objectives come in line with the Egyptian government’s strategies embodied in the efforts of the Ministry of Communication to support digitisation and e-commerce. He praised the recent government initiatives which boosted this endeavour, such as the e-commerce strategy, where it cooperated with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and a number of international organisations.

The Egyptian government also developed the institutional framework which helps to improve the business environment, as well as conducting some legislative amendments, such as consumer protection, e-crime, and data protection laws. The summit participants noted that the companies that digitised their operations recorded a 26% increase in profits.

They added that only 58% of companies that adopted digitisation and e-commerce strategies, have online transactions.

The summit also included the Robusta Start-up Challenge, organised by Falak, a start-up accelerator designed to support Egyptian entrepreneurs. The challenge witnessed the participation of 10 companies which presented 10 promising ideas. The winning company was “Kiliim,” which received a $10,000 prize to finance their idea.

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How digital learning can improve education https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/02/how-digital-learning-can-improve-education/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/02/how-digital-learning-can-improve-education/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 19:48:13 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=675871 Investment in digital learning has grown to over $22bn between 2015-2017, as per Metaari report

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Advanced technology contributes to creativity and innovation, and positively affects productivity in many sectors. In the past few years, the education sector has become one of the most areas that benefit from the continuous development of technology

A report by Metaari— a commercial analysis firm that tracks advanced learning technology—revealed that investment in digital learning has grown to over $22bn between 2015 and 2017. This rapid growth is driven by the high demand for digital technology in the different stages of education, from primary to university.

With this dramatic growth, digital learning will undoubtedly by the future of education. Patfort’s weekly report highlighted the innovation that digital learning brings to the education sector in general, and in the Middle East and North Africa region specifically.

Digital learning aims to achieve two goals: improving the education base, and enabling schools to provide better education to students in all stages.

According to Patfort, digital learning investment in the region is still lower than the global average. International digital learning institutions have raised $9.52bn investments in 2017, including $397.6m in India and more than $1.77bn in China. While the three digital learning start-ups operating in the Middle East received only $1.26m.

With the rapid growth of the number of students and global interest in education, the Middle East governments should start to pay more attention to emerging digital learning companies, and identify the educational environment provided in their countries.

Open-Ended Learning in The Classroom

Imagine a science teacher working through a lesson with students. In the traditional classroom-setting resources would be limited to textbooks, teachers, and if the students were lucky some basic multimedia. Today, with tools such as SMART Boards, and personal devices (laptops/ tablets), the students have virtually limitless resources, and a wide range of ways to consume them. In this scenario students can explore the lesson in their own ways, while the teacher works to highlight key topics, and answer questions as they come up.

Physical Presence Isn’t a Requirement

Digital learning has also opened a new way of learning for students who are unable to physically attend a traditional classroom. Video conferencing technologies allow someone at home to be equally as interactive during a lesson as someone who is present in the class.

Information Access and Searchability

Before digital learning really took off, if you needed to find a piece of information it would take considerable time and effort to find what you are looking for. Now search engines give the ability to search documents for key phrases, thus both students and teachers have access to unprecedented information, allowing them to access the information they need at the exact moment they need it.

Students Can Progress at Their Own Pace

Education is not a one-size-fits-all product, and in every classroom, there are some students who grasp concepts slower than others. Digital learning allows these students to retain access to the resources they need long after the class has moved on to new topics, meaning they can continue to practice and progress at their own pace.

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Oppo plans to enter Saudi market next November https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/02/oppo-plans-to-enter-saudi-market-next-november/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/10/02/oppo-plans-to-enter-saudi-market-next-november/#respond Tue, 02 Oct 2018 19:44:24 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=675864 Company is now operating in 33 countries, plans to increase scope of operation, obtain more market share

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Oppo is preparing to enter the Saudi market in November, announced the company, adding that it had started the implementation of its expansion plan early this year, and that it entered the European market in June.

The company is now operating in 33 countries, and plans to increase the scope of its operation, as well as obtain more market share.

Oppo also declared it is looking for an area near Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to establish a new service centre, in addition to the current 10 Oppo service centres already operating in the country.

The company is seeking to open new centres in the coming period, especially outside Cairo,

as part of Oppo’s plan to cover the governorates with a high population density.

According to the company’s public relations office, the company is now in third place in terms of mobile phone sales in Egypt, through 5,000 points of sale, spread throughout the country.

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Mobile market lost 800,000 subscribers in June https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/29/mobile-market-lost-800000-subscribers-in-june/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/29/mobile-market-lost-800000-subscribers-in-june/#respond Sat, 29 Sep 2018 15:27:50 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=675300 Internet attracts 1.6 million new clients

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The mobile market has lost some 800,000 clients in June, reaching 95.7 million down from 96.5 million in May.

According to a report by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Internet market added about 1.6 million new clients in June.

According to the report, the number of mobile Internet users increased by 4.7% in June, rising from 31.3 million in May to 32.8 million in June.

According to the report, the proportion of mobile Internet users from the total mobile subscribers reached 34.4%, up by 1.8%.

Meanwhile; the number of USB Modem devices remained unchanged at 3.48m.

The report showed 1.5% growth in the number of ADSL users, increasing from 5.73 million in May to 5.83 million in June.

Greater Cairo accounted for the largest share of ADSL users, accounting for 40%, followed by the Delta with 31%.

Upper Egypt accounted for 13% of total ADSL users, then Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh with 10%, and finally the Suez Canal and Red Sea cities with 6%.

The report also highlighted a decline by 4.1% in the number of landline clients in June, falling from 7.72 million in May to 7.4 million in June.

According to the report, household users accounted for the largest share of landline users with 84%, then commercial users with 13%, and finally 3% for governmental users.

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Jumia contracts with Aman to provide instalment payment services https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/26/jumia-contracts-with-aman-to-provide-instalment-payment-services/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/26/jumia-contracts-with-aman-to-provide-instalment-payment-services/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 08:30:56 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674712 Payment facilities become very common recently, hence Jumia aims to allow its customer to purchase online unique and diverse products through instalment payment service

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After monthly inflation rate exceeded 13% in Egypt, instalment payment became the magic solution for the Egyptians to overcome high prices and meet their daily needs. In this context, the online shopping platform Jumia announced signing a cooperation deal with Aman for electronic payments to provide the company with instalment payment services in a bid to stimulate trade movement and ease burden on citizens. 

Payment facilities become very common recently, hence Jumia aims to allow its customer to purchase online unique and diverse products through instalment payment service. Jumia’s customers can choose “Instalment payment” option and fill required application on its website to get any product while the first instalment to be collected after two months of purchase.

The new service requires submitting photocopy (soft copy) of the customer and his guarantor’s valid IDs, on a condition that their age ranges between not less than after 21-years-old and not more than 65-years-old by the end of the instalments. In addition, the customer must submit electricity or gas bill issued within a period of three months since application. The address written on the facility bill shall be the same where the customer received his products and shows the consumption volume. The new payment service is now available for up to 36 months to the public and private sectors employees, pensioners, self-employed, and investment certificates and deposits holders.

“Jumia has launched this initiative with the aim of to give instalment option in payment, as the instalments system reduces the gap between citizens’ monthly income and their needs,” Hisham Safwat, CEO of Jumia Egypt, said. He added that Jumia aims through its new service to increase the citizens’ use of e-payments as a tool for financial transactions instead of cash payments, which comes in line with the state’s strategy towards transformation into a cashless society.

Meanwhile, Hazem Moghazi, CEO of Aman, said, “this agreement comes in the framework of the company’s strategy to spread instalment and electronic payments in the Egyptian society, as well as helping citizens to purchase different products in the simplest and most convenient payment method.”

He added that the company has expanded in providing instalment service throughout the company’s 150 branches in 15 governorates.

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KMG launches regional expansion strategy, sets smart service centres for maintenance https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/26/kmg-launches-regional-expansion-strategy-sets-smart-service-centres-for-maintenance/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/26/kmg-launches-regional-expansion-strategy-sets-smart-service-centres-for-maintenance/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 07:30:03 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674702 On the KMG strategy to enhance the presence of new players in the mobile market, Ghoneim pointed out that the strategy depends on several axes; the first and most important of which is the provision of after-sales and maintenance services nationwide so as to be closer to the company’s customers

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As part of its vision to contribute to the development of the smartphone market equipped with the modern artificial intelligence techniques, KMG is set to launch its new strategy within the Egyptian market, aiming to meet the needs of users, bridging the gap of smartphones with high specifications and competitive prices and developing the after-sales service, according to a senior company official.

Karim Ghoneim, the chairperson of KMG, announced that the company is ready to launch new brands of smartphones in the Egyptian market soon; pointing out that the company has succeeded since its launch in achieving great success stories either with Infinix phones, ranked third in the Egyptian market, or Meizu company, which has achieved noticeable growing growth rates here.

On the KMG strategy to enhance the presence of new players in the mobile market, Ghoneim pointed out that the strategy depends on several axes; the first and most important of which is the provision of after-sales and maintenance services nationwide so as to be closer to the company’s customers.

“The second axis is to select the target group of the smartphones, namely young people, in particular, and to study their requirements and meet their needs; hence a special team of employees, which serves as a link between the users and our mobile phone companies through interaction or through the launch of a group or a forum on the global social networks, has been formed,” he added.

The third axis is the expansion of sale and distribution outlets at the level of all provinces, as well as the signing of cooperation agreements for exhibition at major commercial centres to serve a large number of users; and as a result three new service centres in the governorates of Cairo, Giza, and Alexandria have been recently opened.

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Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology has been selected for 52 out of 64 propane projects https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/26/honeywell-uops-oleflex-technology-has-been-selected-for-52-out-of-64-propane-projects/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/26/honeywell-uops-oleflex-technology-has-been-selected-for-52-out-of-64-propane-projects/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 07:00:38 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674706 Egypt considered as top consumer of polypropylene in Africa, consuming about 4.4 kg per capita, growing by more than 5% annually through 2022

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Honeywell will provide the process design package, proprietary, and non-proprietary equipment, on-site operator training, technical services for start-up and continuing operation, and catalysts and adsorbents for the project.

Daily News Egypt sat down for an interview with Jim Moshi, Honeywell UOP, Middle East regional general manager, whereby her shared how Honeywell UOP is operating in Egypt for more than 40 years, supporting the growing ambitions of the country’s economy and delivering technology to help its process industries extract maximum value from its oil and gas reserves. The transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

What does the agreement between Honeywell and SIDPEC entail?

Sidi Kerir Petrochemicals Co (SIDPEC) is a joint stock company established in 1997 and represents Egypt’s initial development of a domestic petrochemicals industry. The company’s production assets are based on the latest available technologies and designs to ensure competitiveness and compliance with Egyptian environmental regulations.

SIDPEC has chosen Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex™ technology to produce 500,000 metric tonnes per year of on-purpose propylene at SIDPEC’s refinery in Amerya, near Alexandria, Egypt.

Honeywell will provide the process design package, proprietary, and non-proprietary equipment, on-site operator training, technical services for start-up and continuing operation, and catalysts and adsorbents for the project. Including this project, Honeywell UOP’s Oleflex technology has been selected for 52 out of 64 propane and isobutane dehydrogenation projects globally since 2011. When completed, the SIPDEC unit will be the first Oleflex unit operating in Egypt.

Why did SIDPEC choose Honeywell?

Honeywell UOP was chosen because it has the greatest experience in propane dehydrogenation technology, and because the Oleflex solution provided the best economics versus other solutions.

This plant will allow SIDPEC to expand its portfolio and take advantage of domestically produced propane to make products such as polypropylene.

Honeywell UOP’s C3 Oleflex technology uses catalytic dehydrogenation to convert propane to propylene and is designed to have a lower cash cost of production and higher return on investment among competing technologies. Its low energy consumption, low emissions, and fully recyclable, platinum-alumina-based catalyst system minimises its impact on the environment. The independent reaction and regeneration sections enable steady-state operations, improved operating flexibility, and a high on-stream factor and reliability.

Honeywell UOP also licenses C4 Oleflex technology, which converts butanes to butylenes, the primary ingredient for making high-octane fuel additives and synthetic rubber. Since the technology was first commercialized in 1990, Honeywell UOP has commissioned 29 Oleflex units for on-purpose propylene and isobutylene production. The global production capacity of propylene from Oleflex technology now stands at nearly 7m metric tonnes per year from 19 operating units.

What is the demand for polypropene in Africa and Egypt?

According to IHS Markit, annual demand for polypropylene in Africa was 1.9m metric tonnes in 2016. But due to rapid population growth and urbanisation, this demand is expected to rise by an additional 1m metric tonnes in the next decade. Egypt is the top consumer of polypropylene in Africa, consuming about 4.4 kg per capita, and growing by more than 5% annually through 2022.

What are Honeywell’s other key projects in Egypt within the oil and gas sector?

Honeywell UOP has been operating in Egypt for more than 40 years, supporting the growth ambitions of the country’s economy and delivering technology to help its industries extract maximum value from its oil and gas reserves.

The oil and gas sector continues to play an essential role in Egypt’s plans for economic development. Energy sector reforms are a priority for the Egyptian government, which is looking to reduce its expenditure of $16bn on oil and gas related imports.

As Egypt’s economy continues to evolve and diversify, we see immense opportunities for the industrial internet of things (IoT) enabled technologies that will help the growth of the oil and gas industry and deliver more productive, safe, and reliable operations.

Meanwhile, ever since it established its very first project with the Alexandria Petroleum Company in 1978, Honeywell UOP has been providing cutting-edge solutions to a wide range of private and government organisations across the country.

These include the Amreya Petroleum Refining Company, which has been using Honeywell UOP’s crude distillation, naphtha hydrotreating and detergents units, as well as platforming and sulfolane units.

Honeywell UOP has also delivered CCR Platforming and naphtha hydrotreating units to the Alexandria National Refining and Petrochemicals Co and provided polyester resin technology to the Egyptian Indian Polyester Co to only mention a few.

How will technology impact Egypt’s oil and gas sector in the future?

As mentioned above, the energy sector reforms are a priority for the Egyptian government, which is looking to reduce its expenditure of $16bn on oil and gas related imports. These reforms will include the phasing out of energy subsidies by 2019 and self-sufficiency in natural gas by 2020. 

We see a lot of opportunities to expand our presence in Egypt given the huge potential of this country, and we intend to continue our support to the Egyptian oil and gas sector through research, training, and innovative product development. We will continue to focus on expanding our IoT and HCP offerings to help improve the productivity and efficiency of Egypt’s existing oil and gas infrastructure, leveraging years of our experience in the sector.

In addition to technology provision, training the next generation of engineers and plant operators is also an important focus, and we play an active role in that.

Honeywell has introduced a scholarships programme for chemical engineering students at the University of Cairo. The scholarships were part of the company’s investment in building engineering talent in Egypt and are funded by two of Honeywell’s businesses, Honeywell UOP, and Honeywell Process Solutions. 

Some of the students who received scholarships have been selected for internships at Honeywell UOP’s research facilities in Chicago, and at Honeywell Process Solutions’ offices in Houston. We are committed to ensuring the future leaders of Egypt’s oil and gas sector are equipped with the right tools and knowledge to drive growth in the industry for years to come.

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China dominates feature phone shipments globally https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/25/china-dominates-feature-phone-shipments-globally/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/25/china-dominates-feature-phone-shipments-globally/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:30:46 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674626 Chinese companies' dominance of mobile phone industry was not limited to smartphones, but extended to feature phones.

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Chinese companies accounted for 37% of feature phone shipments during the second quarter (Q2) of this year, according to a report by Counterpoint, (which provides reports on the global smartphone and tech industry with detailed analysis materials).

Notably, itel gained the largest market share among Chinese companies of 15%, followed by HMD—owner of Nokia—with a market share of 14%, while TECNO Mobile has 6%, and Symphony Mobile has 2% market share.

Feature phone shipments totalled 111m units in Q2 of 2018, an increase of 5% compared to the comparable prior year period. Counterpoint attributed this growth to the increase in feature phone sales witnessed in the Middle East and Africa regions, reaching 17% year-over-year.

According to the report, Chinese companies dominated 15% of feature phone sales in the Indian subcontinent during this Q2, including 8% to itel and 7% to HMD.

In the Rest Of Asia, Chinese companies accounted for 46% of feature phone sales, including 20% to HMD, 16% to itel, and 10% to Symphony.

In the North America, Chinese companies controlled 40% of feature phone shipments, divided between Alcatel, which gained a 22% stake and HMD with a 18% stake.

In Europe, Chinese companies acquired 37% of feature phone market during this Q2, through one company, HMD.

Things are different in South America, as Alcatel Mobile accounted for only 4% of feature phone shipments.

In the Middle East and Africa, Chinese companies controlled the market with about 60% stake of feature phone sales. Also, itel led the Chinese sales with 26%, followed by TECHNO Mobile with a market share of 19%, HMD with 14%, and X-Tigi with 1%.

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Chinese companies account for largest mid-range smartphone market share https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/25/chinese-companies-account-for-largest-mid-range-smartphone-market-share/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/25/chinese-companies-account-for-largest-mid-range-smartphone-market-share/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:00:40 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674606 Oppo led Chinese top selling smartphone companies, with a market share of 22% of mid-range smartphone sales, whose prices range from $400 to $600.

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Chinese companies acquired the largest market share in world mid-range smartphone category, whose prices range from $400 to $600, and account for 40% of total smartphone market.

According to a report by Counterpoint, (which provides reports on the global smartphone and tech industry with detailed analysis materials), Chinese companies gained 42% of mid-range smartphone sales in the second quarter (Q2) of this year.

Oppo led Chinese top selling smartphone companies, with a market share of 22% of mid-range smartphone sales, whose prices range from $400 to $600.

Huawei came second in terms of Chinese companies’ market share of 14% in this category, followed by Xiaomi with a 6% market share.

Meanwhile, Apple controlled sales of high-range smartphone, whose prices exceed $800, with a market share of 88%.

Apple and Samsung split the dominance over smartphone sales, whose prices range from $600 to $800, with market share of 41% to Samsung and 44% to Apple.

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Map of Chinese companies’ smartphone sales globally https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/25/map-of-chinese-companies-smartphone-sales-globally/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/25/map-of-chinese-companies-smartphone-sales-globally/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:30:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674621 Chinese companies take over the largest share of the sales of smartphones in Africa, where the total share of Chinese companies’ smartphone sales is estimated to be 59%.

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Chinese brands in the market of smartphones have not only invaded emerging markets, but have also become present in the majority of the countries of the world. In a report by Counterpoint, the map of Chinese companies’ smartphone sales during the second quarter of this year is explained.

Chinese companies take over the largest share of the sales of smartphones in Africa, where the total share of Chinese companies’ smartphone sales is estimated to be 59%.

Huawei is taking over Asia with a market share of 17%, then Oppo comes second with 15% market share, then Xiamoi with 14%, and Vivo with 13%.

North America has seen the disappearance of the majority of the Chinese brands, due to the decision of President Trump to ban the activities of Huawei and ZTE in the US. Moreover, many Chinese companies have not penetrated the US market.

Chinese companies account for only 9% of the sales of smartphones there, divided on Lenovo and Alcatel with 5% and 4% respectively.

Europe has seen strong presence of Chinese companies which control 28% of the sales of the European market, and it is the second largest share of Chinese companies after Asia.

According to the report, the largest share for Chinese companies in Europe goes to Huawei, which accounts for 21% of the sales, followed by Xiamoi with a market share of 5% then HMD—the new owner of Nokia—by 2% market share.

In Latin America, there is reasonable presence of Chinese companies manufacturing smartphones, as Chinese companies account for 25% of the sales of Latin America.

Motorola—which is affiliated to Lenovo—has a market share of 13%, followed by Huawei with 12% market share.

Chinese companies have accounted for 26% of the sales of smartphones in the Middle East and Africa, according to the report. Huawei has led the control of Chinese companies in the region with a market share of 12%, then TECHNO Mobile with a market share of 8% and itel with a market share of 6%.

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Chinese companies dominate smartphone market sales in Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/25/chinese-companies-dominate-smartphone-market-sales-in-egypt/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/25/chinese-companies-dominate-smartphone-market-sales-in-egypt/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:00:07 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674617 Chinese smartphone companies control over a third of the sales of the Egyptian market, according to StatCounter’s index in August.

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The market of smartphones in Egypt is seeing viscous competition with over 20 brands that are all Chinese except for Samsung, Apple, and Indian Lava.

Chinese smartphone companies control over a third of the sales of the Egyptian market, according to StatCounter’s index in August.

According to the report, Chinese brands account for 41.4% of the smartphone sales by the end of last August, while Samsung and Apple control 46.9% of the sales of the market, and the remaining percentage is distributed on the other brands.

Huawei was one of the largest-growing brands in the smartphone market with its market share amounting to 16.4% in August compared to 12.5% during the same period last year.

Infinix is the second Chinese company in terms of the market share, accounting for 7.2% by the end of August, compared to 4.5% during the comparison period of last year which brought it second after Huawei.

Even though Lenovo exited the Egyptian market, its sales are moving in a reasonable manner, as the company accounted for 6.6% of the sales of smartphones in Egypt by the end of August, which brought it third amongst Chinese companies in terms of market shares.

Oppo is a rather new company in the Egyptian market, however, it has managed to account for 4.4% of the smartphone sales in Egypt, becoming the fourth largest company with a market share among Chinese companies in Egypt after its market share was estimated to be 1.8% during the same period last year.

TECHNO Mobile has ranked fifth on the list, with a market share of 2.4% in Egypt.

The remaining percentage of 4.4% was distributed on the remaining Chinese companies in Egypt.

The Counterpoint report has revealed that Chinese companies are taking over the sales of smartphones globally.

The report pointed out a decline of smartphone shipments in Egypt by 2% annually to 360m units in the second quarter (Q2) of 2018.

Samsung led the market of smartphones with a market share of 20% in Q2 2018 even though it recorded a 11% annual decline, due to the weak sales of its leading Galaxy S9 series.

The shipments of Huawei grew by 41% annually in the second quarter of 2018. The company has managed to become the fastest growing by 21% in the market of smartphones in China and has grown by 71% abroad.

The shipments of Apple, on the other hand, reached 41.3m devices during Q2 2018 with 1% increase, compared to the same quarter of last year. iphone X remains the bestseller of Apple in that quarter.

According to the Counterpoint report, Chinese companies took over the majority of the list of the largest smartphone sellers in Q2 of this year, as four Chinese companies ranked among the seven largest sellers of smartphones.

Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Vivo came amongst the largest sellers of smartphones globally.

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Raya Contact Center Announces Incorporating new mega facility in West Cairo’s Smart Village Business Park https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/20/raya-contact-center-announces-incorporating-new-mega-facility-in-west-cairos-smart-village-business-park/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/20/raya-contact-center-announces-incorporating-new-mega-facility-in-west-cairos-smart-village-business-park/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 22:30:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674080 Raya Contact Center, the Egyptian provider of comprehensive business process outsourcing (BPO) services, announced signing a long-term lease agreement to rent a 8,400 sqm semi-finished facility in West-Cairo’s Smart Village business park. This new mega facility is expected to host 1,500 workstation/seat capacity, which would be utilised in serving the growing demand for offshore BPO …

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Raya Contact Center, the Egyptian provider of comprehensive business process outsourcing (BPO) services, announced signing a long-term lease agreement to rent a 8,400 sqm semi-finished facility in West-Cairo’s Smart Village business park. This new mega facility is expected to host 1,500 workstation/seat capacity, which would be utilised in serving the growing demand for offshore BPO services.

The new mega facility will complement Raya Contact Centre’s current portfolio of facilities-under-management within Greater-Cairo area, and will adequately satisfy the company’s local growth requirements within the coming period. Finishing and furnishing works in the new facility are to commence immediately,  with BPO operations expected to kick-start prior to the end of the fiscal year 2019, and should ramp-up to adequate utilization levels shortly afterwards. Capital expenditure (CAPEX) requirements for this new facility will be financed through a mixed pool of debt and equity, to optimise the project’s capital structure, and maximise expected returns on equity (ROE) and invested capital (ROIC).

Reem Asaad, Raya Contact Centre’s CEO, said that the company’s growth was evident in their first half performance, in which they have been able to constantly add additional capacities of 992 seats to match  the overall corporate growth strategies and satisfy potential demand.

She added that fiscal year 2018 should be regarded as the year of building capacity and gearing-up for growth, in order to meet the growing regional and global demand for high-quality sophisticated offshore BPO services.

“While leveraging upon the increasing financial attractiveness and operational competitiveness of Egypt’s BPO industry, it turned-out-to-be a global pivotal champion, post the pound floatation. Today, we stand-out as a leading regional BPO player in the MENA region, operating top-notch facilities from three countries, and serving a rich and competitive business theatre in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. We are leveraging innovation in our service catalogue and operational excellence, while constantly updating our service offerings to meet our clients’ expectations and requirements,” she noted.

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Vezeeta collects $12m in funding from STV Capital https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/19/vezeeta-collects-12m-in-funding-from-stv-capital/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/19/vezeeta-collects-12m-in-funding-from-stv-capital/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:57:39 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=674032 We plan to boost services in Saudi Arabia, launch new products, says Barsoum

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Vezeeta, the online healthcare booking provider, managed to collect $12m funding from a number of companies lead by Saudi Arabia’s STV Capital, which is the largest venture capital (VC) in the Middle East and North Africa.

This investment is the largest to be collected by an Egyptian start-up. The funding includes several parties, such as BECO Capital from the UAE, Vostok New Ventures from Sweden, Silicon Badia from Jordan, and Helal Enterprises.

Founder and CEO, Amir Barsoum, told Daily News Egypt that the company aims to use this funding in expanding in foreign markets, starting from Saudi Arabia, along with launching new products in the healthcare system.

“We are delighted to see STV in this round,” he said, adding that they have not been able to find a better investment team or strategic partner to help take Vezeeta to its next phase in the region.”We also welcome leading CE-Ventures investors and are proud to receive ongoing support from our existing investors BECO Capital, Vostok New Ventures, Silicon Badia.”

Barsoum, who previously served as a consultant for McKinsey, founded Vezeeta in 2012. The online platform offers users the chance to view and book medical appointment with doctors in the specified search area or insurance provider. It enables users to compare and review doctors.

Vezeeta kicked off in Egypt and has since become available in Jordan and Saudi Arabia as well, with over 10,000 on its platform. Since its inception, the company has served over 2.5 million users for 3 million bookings.

STV Partner, Hany Enaya, said they like to support efficient companies. “After meeting with Vezeeta, they looked fit for the job. We believe that, together, we can improve the healthcare level in the region,” he added.

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CIT chooses two digital game developers to join Ibdaa incubator  https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/19/cit-chooses-two-digital-game-developers-to-join-ibdaa-incubator/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/19/cit-chooses-two-digital-game-developers-to-join-ibdaa-incubator/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:30:11 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=673865 This year, the number of participants reached 560, with a total of 40 independent games. Only 14 games were selected to participate in the exhibition

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With global forecasts for the world’s e-gaming industry reaching $115bn by the end of 2018, the Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications (CIT) announced the selection of two winning teams during the 4th Run Double Jump, organised by the Information Technology Institute (ITI), to join the second round of the Ibdaa incubator as part of its ambitious strategy to support entrepreneurship and start-up companies and to drive innovation and creativity among Egyptian talent.

This year, the number of participants reached 560, with a total of 40 independent games. Only 14 games were selected to participate in the exhibition. The jury, including Maged Farrag, the head of the electronic games group in the chamber, choose the second and third teams, namely Bird View Burger and Rhythm Attack VR. This is part of the CIT strategy that supports the future of innovation and entrepreneurship and provides a healthy environment for start-ups by providing all training, qualification, and advisory opportunities for the job market and boosting industry growth.

Waleed Gad, chairperson of the CIT, said that the Egyptian market enjoys a number of competitive factors, most notably the technical competencies and innovative human cadres capable of driving the development locomotive to promote society. He noted that they selected two of the winning teams to give them the chance for support by turning their ideas into start-ups that can compete locally, regionally, and globally, along with providing an integrated package of technical and financial means. 

“We are aware of the importance of our role in keeping pace with the global changes and qualifying local companies in line with the new requirements by working to raise their abilities and draw the regional and global attention to their products. In this regard, we are keen to maximise the means of cooperation and integration with the great efforts of the ITI in the field of human resources and its constant pursuit of excellence and exploration of modern technological fields,” he added.

Egypt will host the Insomnia Gaming Festival, one of England’s largest gaming festivals, in October, while Insomnia Egypt Gaming Festival will be giving 20 teams of games developers a chance for free exhibition.  

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Teradix launches at sixth annual ‘Cloud Weekend’ Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/19/teradix-launches-at-sixth-annual-cloud-weekend-egypt/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/19/teradix-launches-at-sixth-annual-cloud-weekend-egypt/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:00:45 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=673830 500 IT decision makers, top executives attended

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Cloud Weekend company is the single most and largely exclusive gathering of IT (IT) decision makers in Egypt, and it took place for the sixth year on 10 September. This year it was certainly different as Teradix, the organising company of Cloud Weekend launched its revolutionising the IT marketplace for IT projects and services.

Cloud Weekend raised awareness about the latest technologies in Egypt, which help digitalise and transform businesses. Moreover, Cloud Weekend 2018 brought together a broad array of chief information officers, chief technical officers, chief information security officers, and IT pioneers from businesses and governmental communities, who shared impactful case studies inspired by some of the latest advancements in infrastructure, operations, analytics, and available services through the global network.

Around 500 IT decision makers and top executives attended this year’s Cloud Weekend, engaging through exciting keynotes, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and sessions, while focusing on the emerging trends of cloud computing, including public cloud services as an enabler of business agility and speed, cloud technologies, modern data centres, and cutting-edge technologies for managing, and storing corporate information.

Chief Executive Officer of Teradix Khaled Abo Shady, said they are thrilled to launch the Teradix Marketplace into the Egyptian market to support Egypt’s businesses to easily find the best technology solution providers to develop their next IT projects. Teradix will also assist Egyptian technology providers promote their services and export them to the Gulf and African markets.

Managing Director of SAP Egypt Hoda Mansour, said that Egypt’s organisations are rapidly adopting cloud as the foundation of their digital transformation and business competitiveness. “Participating in Cloud Weekend gave SAP the opportunity to showcase our latest industry-tailored cloud solutions, exchange best practices, and support Egyptian youth in gaining the skills needed to succeed in the digital economy,” she elaborated.

Marketing and Operations Director at Microsoft Egypt Mohamed El-Hawary, said that digital transformation is at the heart of Egypt’s development goals. “With Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, Microsoft’s intelligent cloud, solution areas, and artificial intelligence are achieving that for our customers and community in Egypt. We focus on how our solutions bring people, processes, and data to achieve the digital transformation outcomes; empower employees, engage customers, optimise operations, and transform products. We are glad to share our solutions and success stories in Cloud Weekend 2018,” he added.

Cloud Weekend is the utmost exclusive gathering of IT decision makers in Egypt, aiming to provide them with the right options and resources to help design a digitalised roadmap, and adopt new cloud technologies, to help safeguard the future of corporations and companies. 

Over the past few years, Cloud Weekend was the main event for Teradix, however, starting from 2019, more local and regional events will be arranged to help drive greater technological awareness, and increase digitisation rates throughout the region. Teradix is an IT Marketplace company based in Egypt, targeting to fulfil market needs to support IT decision makers, as they compare and select the right technologies to transform and digitise their businesses.

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Decline in lines’ sales affects revenues of state telecommunications sector: Hegazy https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/19/decline-in-lines-sales-affects-revenues-of-state-telecommunications-sector-hegazy/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/19/decline-in-lines-sales-affects-revenues-of-state-telecommunications-sector-hegazy/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:30:12 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=673808 Sector witnessed positive changes in last period, notably launch of 4G

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The Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Etisalat Misr Khaled Hegazy, said that the decline in lines’ sales and in mobile consumption will affect the revenues generated by the country from the telecommunications market.

The company pays about 40% of its revenues to the state and its various departments, which are distributed between the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority with 6%, the Information Technology Industry Development Agency with 1%, the comprehensive fund service with 0.50%, the development fee with 0.50%, and 23% for value-added tax, he said.

The sector witnessed positive changes in the last period, notably the launch of the 4G, which offers new broadband cellular network technology for companies, which were highly needed, in addition to providing a default fixed phone license, and the entry of a fourth cellular mobile operator.

According to Etisalat’s data, the number of its customers currently stands at 32 million, while the number of mobile internet users is 9.5 million.

Hegazy said that Etisalat has achieved solid revenues amounting to EGP 6.6bn in the first half of the year, as a result of the introduction of systems and packages suitable for diversified customers and their uses, exceeding the company’s expected decline in consumption patterns, due to the reduced value of prepaid scratch cards.

He added that Etisalat Misr is a vital entity of the parent company, Emirates Telecom, due to the essential and paramount Egyptian market, and looks forward to a significant outlook, indicating that the company has increased the capital of Etisalat Misr, which represents investor confidence in the Egyptian market.

Previously, in February 2018, Etisalat Misr opened an initial public offering for its shareholders to increase its capital by EGP 4.5bn, bringing the total capital paid up to EGP 19.432bn.

The ownership structure of Etisalat Misr is divided into seven entities: Etisalat International Egypt Limited – UAE with 66% of the capital; Egypt Post at 20%; Das Investment at 5%; DIFC LLC UAE at 5%; Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company at 1.5%; Al Naboodah Real Estate Investment at 1.5%, and Mawarid Finance at 1%.

Etisalat’s investments in Egypt since its inception in 2007 and until 2017 exceed EGP 42bn, of which EGP 5.5bn represent the cost of obtaining licenses for the 4G broadband network.

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Robusta plans to expand its expansion in Europe by opening offices in Sweden, Australia https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/19/robusta-plans-to-expand-its-expansion-in-europe-by-opening-offices-in-sweden-australia/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/19/robusta-plans-to-expand-its-expansion-in-europe-by-opening-offices-in-sweden-australia/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:00:23 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=673815 Company organises annual e-commerce summit to discuss future of industry, highlight challenges

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Robusta is organising the first e-commerce summit by the end of this month, during which the summit will discuss the future of e-commerce in Egypt and the challenges it faces.

Daily News Egypt sat down for an interview with the Managing Director of Robusta Hussein Mohieldin, who spoke about the e-commerce market in Egypt and how it is expected to reach 10 times its current size in the coming five years. The transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity:

How do you see the e-commerce market in Egypt?

The age of the electronic commerce industry in Egypt does not exceed 10 years, but has witnessed many developments over the past few years. There is a partial transformation of many traders to shift to online sales to reach as many customers as possible.

The market also witnessed the entry of international companies such as Amazon to acquire Souq to make Amazon one of the official e-commerce services provider in Egypt. Distribution and other services companies started relying on mobile applications to connect with merchants and complete business.

All these developments reflect the development of the e-commerce market in Egypt. Currently, Egypt is experiencing a boom in the e-commerce market in America and Europe. The market is expected to grow 10-folds over the next five years.

Now e-commerce has become a key player in the development of economies worldwide and the Middle East and North Africa region in particular.

What is the size of the e-commerce market in Egypt today?

The percentage of electronic transactions in the Egyptian market is only 2%, compared to 20% in the US market, indicating growth opportunities available in the Egyptian market.

As for the size of the market, there are many different estimates based on a different estimation method, but our figures indicate that the size of the e-commerce market in the Middle East and North Africa will reach $2.7bn by 2020

What are the market needs of regulatory frameworks?

We, at Robusta, aim to crystallise the challenges facing the e-commerce market through the first e-commerce summit. One of these challenges is the legislative framework of the market, but I believe that the Ministry of Communications is currently working on it.

However, there are other challenges facing the market, most notably the lack of experienced cadres in the digital marketing industry. There are also challenges related to logistics. There are challenges in the management and implementation of technology, and there are challenges of pricing and marketing campaigns. All of these challenges will be discussed during the conference.

During the conference, we will present more than 21 case studies from different countries to learn about their experiences in overcoming such challenges. We will also hold more than 12 roundtable talks to discuss market problems, proposed solutions, and their vision of the development of the e-commerce market.

What services does your company offer? Why was the first e-commerce summit held?

We are a company offering various technological solutions and we have clients from different categories, such as multinational companies, such as Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) and Orange. We work with large companies in Egypt, some of them listed on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX). We also cooperate with many start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Through our experience in the market we found growth opportunities in the e-commerce market and at the same time there is a gap and therefore we decided to hold the conference to gather executives in the e-commerce market to discuss the challenges and propose solutions to support the industry, and this is happening in different countries in the world and therefore we used experts from the UAE and Germany to view the experiences and how to overcome the challenges they faced.

One of the most prominent technological solutions we offer mobile applications and setting up websites and solutions for online sales, whether to the public or retailers, as well as technological solutions enable companies to manage their points of sale and distribution.

Will the summit be held annually? What is its purpose?

During the conference, we aim to review the various new trends, technologies, and technical tools in the area of digital commerce in the region. 

The forum is expected to become an annual forum for business owners who rely on e-commerce, experts, and specialists to discuss the latest developments in this field and ways to develop it through various electronic solutions and innovations, which contributes to the transformation of this area in the region to be more effective and impact the economy. During the first summit, experts and industry professionals will also discuss two important trends: past experiences, successes, and challenges, and ways to bring more investment opportunities to growth opportunities in the e-commerce market.

We have many sponsors such as B.Tech, Mountain View, Nestle, Fawry, Wazzuf, and DHL.

Many start-ups will also be present to link them to large companies that have the ability to move the market, helping to further support and grow the e-commerce industry.

We also launched a competition for companies and entrepreneurs offering solutions to the e-commerce industry and the winner will receive a prize of $10,000.

How will you choose the winner?

There is a jury from Falak. Over 200 ideas were submitted, including working start-ups and ideas. We will select 10 existing start-ups to present them to the jury during the conference, one of which will win the award.

What are the most important topics that will be discussed by the conference?

The conference covers a comprehensive vision of the electronic commerce industry, including the challenges facing the industry, legislation and taxation, and sessions discussing specialized industries within electronic commerce such as clothing and distribution, and we will discuss the experiences of other countries.

There are speakers from different sectors of the e-commerce market, some from the pricing sector, others from marketing, and others specialising in setting up a strategy to ensure that participating companies benefit as much as possible.

What is the expected number of attendees?

We expect 1,000 people from various departments in the e-commerce industry to attend.

Are two companies such as Souq and Jumia a hindrance to the emergence of new companies?

The presence of these major companies is considered an advantage and a disadvantage. It is an advantage because it has the financial ability to spend what helps to spread the culture of online purchasing. This feature is not owned by small companies operating in the e-commerce market. Major companies, with time, will work on global competition. 

Do you have plans to expand your company externally?

Currently, we have an office in Germany and we have a plan to open another office in Sweden and Australia.

Why expand Europe rather than the Gulf?

The European market is large and highly developed and has a high purchasing power. We have the qualifications to expand in Europe, such as language and time, as well as the requirements of the European customer to pressure us to improve our quality.

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Communications Ministry negotiates with World Bank on developing transition strategy to digital economy https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/18/communications-ministry-negotiates-with-world-bank-on-developing-transition-strategy-to-digital-economy/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/18/communications-ministry-negotiates-with-world-bank-on-developing-transition-strategy-to-digital-economy/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:03:14 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=673899 Talat stressed the importance of benefiting of the WB’s expertise in supporting strategies for the transition to a digital economy

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The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat met with a delegation of the World Bank (WB) experts, headed by Boutheina Guermazi, practice manager for Transport and Digital Development at the World Bank. The meeting discussed cooperation with the World Bank and benefiting from its expertise in developing the ministry’s strategy to transform to a digital economy.

Talat stressed the importance of benefiting of the WB’s expertise in supporting strategies for the transition to a digital economy. He reviewed the main axes of the ministry’s strategy and its projects aimed at increasing the contribution of the Information and Communications Technology sector to the GDP, and increasing technological exports. He noted that Egypt has skilled youth who can compete internationally in this field, explaining the sector’s plans to expand in regional and global markets by increasing exports to the Arab region, Africa, and Europe.

The minister also reviewed the programmes and initiatives provided by the ministry and its affiliates to empower young people in different technological disciplines. He also referred to the start of the ministry’s Initiative of Innovation Communities in seven Egyptian universities, as a first stage to support students and graduates of innovative entrepreneurs, and serve as incubators for youth.

Talat spoke about the economic reform measures currently undertaken by the state to attract investments. He pointed out that the ministry spares no effort to provide an attractive environment for investment in technological fields by developing required legislation, spreading technology centres in different governorates of Egypt, and improving telecommunications infrastructure, as part of the state strategy to transform into a digital society.

For her part, Guermazi reviewed the technical assistance and advisory services that can be provided by the bank to support the implementation of the ministry’s strategy.

The WB’s experts said that they will start with assessing the state’s readiness for digital transition, and setting performance indicators. They also stressed that the umbrella of digital transition includes governance and the supportive environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The WB delegation visited the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA)’s headquarters, where they met with Maha Rashad, acting chairperson of the agency. The meeting discussed a number of proposed cooperation files between the ITIDA and the World Bank, of which discussing the establishment of a centre for automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, known as Industry 4.0, which includes smart factories that combine modern digital technologies, such as (Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence) and physical sciences.

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New Google search feature launches for job-seekers in Arab world https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/12/new-google-search-feature-launches-for-job-seekers-in-arab-world/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/12/new-google-search-feature-launches-for-job-seekers-in-arab-world/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:00:43 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=672994 Feature available to users in 15 countries across Middle East

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Google announced the launch of a new feature on its Search homepage and app, which allows people to look for jobs available right on its main search results page.

Starting today, users will find a series of results from across the web on the main Google Search results page, after entering a job-related query in Arabic, (for example, marketing jobs in Riyadh), which meet their specific needs. The results will include details under each job position, such as salary information, employer reviews, and ratings, as well as different job options to apply for, or using a location filter to locate jobs in areas that are most convenient for the user.

Google’s Regional head of Marketing in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA),Tarek Abdalla said that, “connecting people with the right job opportunities which match their skills and interests is an extension of Google’s mission to organise the world’s information and make it accessible to everyone,“ elaborating further, “this new feature on Google Search builds on the great work being done by regional job portals in connecting people with the right career opportunities through aggregating all the opportunities available across several portals, allowing job seekers to better connect with the breadth of opportunities available on the web.”

Furthermore, job seekers can be alerted by email of opportunities that come up across multiple portals, thereby simplifying the process of finding and applying to job.

Google partnered with 11 local and regional job portals from across MENA which include Bayt, Wuzzuf, Forasna, Emploitic, Novojob, Rekrute, Jobzella, Wzayef, Akhtaboot, Laimoon, and GulfTalent. This feature is the result of a deep collaboration with the job-matching industry and more job portals can join through the feature’s website: jobs.google.com/about/.

General Manager of Bayt.com Omar Tahboub said that on a monthly basis, over 4 million people land on Bayt.com from Google, in their search for a better career, and searching for a job can highly benefit from a streamlined and distinct experience which starts right from the search results page.

Moreover, Chief Executive Officer of BasharSoft Ameer Sherif said that as the owner of Egypt’s leading job sites, Wuzzuf and Forasna have always been able to attract users through Google’s organic search.

“Now, with Google indexing structured job details, we expect that the job search experience would be significantly improved and richer for job seekers. Partnering with Google to complement their upgraded search for jobs with quality job content from our platforms would only lead to helping more Egyptians find the right jobs with ease,” Sherif added.

This new feature builds upon ‘Maharat min Google,’ which is Google’s digital skills’ building programme launched earlier this year to equip Arabic-speakers with the essential skills designed to help their careers and businesses through online courses and certifications.

Google Trends data indicates that there has been a consistent growth in the number of job-related queries conducted in Arabic. In the past five years, according to Google Trends, Arabic job-related queries trended the most during August 2015.

The data also indicates that search interest in jobs often spikes during the summer months, as shown by data from 2017.

Google’s internal data indicates a variety in job preferences throughout the region. In the United Arab Emirates, jobs in education, nutrition, and travel trended the most in 2017. In Saudi Arabia, civil service, journalism, and the public sector were the highest on the list. However, in Egypt people searcher greater for employment in transportation, engineering, and law.

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Apple takes back first place in tablet market in Egypt in August https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/12/apple-takes-back-first-place-in-tablet-market-in-egypt-in-august/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/12/apple-takes-back-first-place-in-tablet-market-in-egypt-in-august/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:30:53 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=672991 Notably, Apple's share grew by almost 5% compared to July, when Apple's market share was 37.2%.

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Company regained first place in the tablet sales in Egypt during August, after raising its market share to 42.4%, equally with Samsung.

Notably, Apple’s share grew by almost 5% compared to July, when Apple’s market share was 37.2%.

According to the Statcounter report, Samsung’s market share in the Tablet PC market fell to 42.4% in August from 45.5% in July.

TECNO took 2% of the tablet market, ranking third in August, down from 2.4% in July.

In fourth place came Alcatel, whose market share stood at 0.94% in August, down from 1% in July.

Lenovo followed in fifth with a share of 0.75% in August, down from 1.1% in July. In sixth came Asus with a market share of 0.74% in August, down from 0.84% in July, then Google with 0.29% and Acer ranking last with a market share of 0.2%.

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Chinese companies dominate list of top smartphone vendors https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/12/chinese-companies-dominate-list-of-top-smartphone-vendors/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/12/chinese-companies-dominate-list-of-top-smartphone-vendors/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:00:17 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=672988 Apple ranked third on list with market share of 11% followed by Xiaomi with 9%

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Smartphone shipments declined 2% annually to 360m units in the second quarter (Q2) of 2018. Samsung led the smartphone market volume wise with a market share of 20% in Q2 2018, even though it registered an annual decline of 11%, due to weak sales of its flagship Galaxy S9 series smartphone.

Huawei’s shipments grew 41% annually in Q2 2018. The company managed to be the fastest growing smartphone brand at 21%, amid China’s declining domestic smartphone market, compared to its 71% growth overseas.

Apple shipped 41.3m iPhones during Q2 2018, up 1% compared to the same quarter last year. iPhone X remains Apple’s top seller for the quarter.

According to a report by Counterpoint, (which provides reports on the global smartphone and tech industry with detailed analysis materials) Chinese companies dominated most of the world’s top smartphone vendors in Q2 of this year, where four Chinese companies held the positions of the world’s seven top selling smartphone companies. Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, and VIVO ranked on the list.

The report also stated that the Q2 sales reflected Samsung’s control over 20% of sales, followed by Huawei in the second spot with 15%.

Apple ranked third on the list with a market share of 11% followed by Xiaomi with 9%.

OPPO accounted for 8% of sales in Q2 2018 to rank fifth, then VIVO in sixth place with 7%, while LG came in seventh in last place with a market share of 3%, according to the report.

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‘Nafham’ launches new service allowing online communication between teachers, students https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/12/nafham-launches-new-service-allowing-online-communication-between-teachers-students/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/09/12/nafham-launches-new-service-allowing-online-communication-between-teachers-students/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:30:34 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=672984 Platform has curricula of Ministry of Education throughout all grades

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“Nafnam”, a website specialised in online education services, has introduced a new utility for users, namely, direct communication between teachers and students outside educational videos, thereby creating greater opportunities for teachers to benefit from educational video platforms.

According to Mostafa Farahat, executive director of the site, all teachers are accepted on the platform according to specific requirements, ensuring the quality of the educational material provided to students, noting that the service price is determined by agreement between students and teachers.

The new services to be provided by the platform are training courses on developing skills for youth to increase their practical capabilities through language courses and personal aptitude development, he pointed out. The service aims to become an integrated platform for students and graduates.

Farahat said that they will also launch a photography training course in cooperation with Canon, in addition to training courses for young entrepreneurs in Assiut, in coordination with the Innovation Cluster in the Assiut Technological Park led by the Greek Campus.

Expanding these types of training courses will help them increase communication between young graduates and entrepreneurs, and reach the largest number of beneficiaries from the platform, he explained.

Farahat pointed out the importance of relying on modern technology in the educational process for students, and that the platform has the curricula of the Ministry of Education throughout all grades to enable students to reach their desired topics from anywhere at anytime via mobile phones and computers.

He also called for increased dependence and focus on providing interactive remote services, which serve Egyptians through the internet as one of the main instruments for comprehensive development and improving the educational process performance level, which is an integral part of community development systems.

With the remarkable increase in the number of internet users in Egypt and the Arab region, they are fully aware that the private sector and the Egyptian government should pay more attention to the value of digital abundance and the development of public services affecting the education sector he added, elaborating, “the world is relying more on adapting the internet to serve our goals and to provide more added value services to students and teachers.”

Nafham recently launched services for the revision of the curriculum through educational videos which help students to understand and also keep up with the new booklet’s model. It also involves students in explaining and simplifying lessons, in order to develop their understanding of the material and spread the information better among colleagues.

Website aims to reach 1 million users per month by the end of this year, up from a current 800,000 at present time.

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