Technology – Daily News Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:20:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How will the mobile market change after fourth operator joins? https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/25/will-mobile-market-change-fourth-operator-joins/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/25/will-mobile-market-change-fourth-operator-joins/#respond Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:50:34 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=636845 The competition will focus on which SIM will be the main for customers: El Laithy

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Telecom Egypt joined the mobile market a few days ago as a mobile operator under the trade name of “We.” This will be followed by changes in the market, but what will these changes be like? And which competitor will be most affected?

A government source in TE said that the most recent mobile operators in Egypt, “We,” will mainly depend on competitive prices during the initial phases to attract customers, noting that the company has put an offer for six months whose price is competitive as compared to the other companies.

Regarding the saturation of the market, the source believes that the capital market still has growth potential, especially in the field of data transfer, which is witnessing a rapid growth and is expected to grow even more with the launching of 4G services.

For his part, Hamdi El Laithy, the CEO of Linatel Telecommunications Company, said that the entrance of a new player into the market will create mobility in the market, especially if the player is as large as Telecom Egypt.

He believes the competition will eventually be for the best interest of both users and companies, where this will encourage them to improve their services and improve quality.

As an answer to the question regarding market saturation, El Laithy believes that the spreading of mobile services reaching 122% does not mean that there is saturation in the market, where there are great growth opportunities in the field of data transfer which has witnessed great growth so far and will witness more as Egypt enters the era of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Regarding the changes which may occur in the market, El Laithy believes the competition between the four companies will be focused on which SIM card would be used by customers, which means competition will not really be focused on attracting more customers.

Prices and quality will determine the competition, according to El Laithy. He believes that TE has a great chance to grow depending on the bundle offered to customers based on their integrated services.

According to Linatel’s CEO, in the initial phases, TE will mainly depend on attracting mobile customers from current customers with landline services. It is expected for the company to attract at least four million of the total landline users who are at least six million customers.

TE has launched mobile calls systems and internet bundles for attractive prices. The mobile systems include a unified system for all networks at a price of 12 piastres per minute, in addition to control systems whose subscription price is from EGP 20-40. The former provides 1,600 units, the latter provides customers with 4,000 units.

Internet bundles start at the price of EGP 10, providing customers with 1 GB. The EGP 200 bundle provides 40 GB.

TE has launched its systems and bundles in the form of offers continuing for six months before a change of prices takes place.

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7% expected growth in Middle East’s booking flights via Internet https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/13/7-expected-growth-middle-easts-booking-flights-via-internet/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/13/7-expected-growth-middle-easts-booking-flights-via-internet/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:30:21 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635810 Cairo, Dubai, and Bangkok are the main destinations for tourist trips, according to Tajawal

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The Middle East is home to the world’s largest business areas where millions travel every year. This huge number of travellers has grasped the attention to travel services in the region and Tajawal comes in the centre of this field.

A report released by PayFort has focused on the expansion of e-travel services in the Middle East and the whole industry in general. The report said that 80% of travel bookings on Tajawal are international flights, and the consumer usually books their ticket about 25 days before travelling. The report also revealed that Tajawal has provided tour bookings to more than 150 countries, showing that Middle Easterners love to travel and explore the world.

Tajawal is a global travel platform that serves all the needs of travellers in the region. The company has the most brilliant minds in the region and works to provide all the needs of passengers via a single platform.

In addition, Tajawal aims to make travelling easier, more enjoyable, and more available for as many people as possible. The company is constantly working to provide all travellers’ needs, such as booking hotels and flights.

Tajawal is by no means exclusive to the Middle East, but it has a special fondness for the local community in the region and understands their needs, from family-friendly destinations that offer halal cuisine, to private beaches and villas for privacy-conscious travellers. Tajawal aims to be more than just a flight and hotel comparison website. It wants to be the place you come to, when you’re looking for inspiration, tips and comfort that will help everyone travel at ease.

According to the PayFort report, online flight bookings in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are expected to increase by 7% this year, with more than 1,000 flight and hotel bookings.

The report, which was prepared in cooperation with Tajawal, said that the website has more than 80,000 visits per day, while international flights account for 80% of bookings made via the platform, while only 20% of the flights are domestic.

According to the report, 60% of the customers’ age do not exceed 35 years, with a total of 20% of the bookings made through the phone app.

The report said that customers usually book flights 25 days before the travel, while they book the hotel two week earlier. The vast majority of customers, however, book flights and hotels via the Tajawal phone application shortly before the travel.

From the beginning of 2017 to date, customers have made bookings in more than 150 hotels around the world via the platform. Cairo, Dubai, and Bangkok are the main destinations for tourist trips, while Amman, Lebanon, Istanbul, and London are preferred for family trips.

The average cost of tourist trips amounts to $1,500, the average family booking reached $995, while the average of tourist trips period is estimated to be three days and family trips’ period to be five. The advanced reservation period for trips amounts to 18 days for tourist trips and 45 days for family ones. The majority of bookings for tourist trips are conducted via the phone application, while family trips are booked via the website.

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Herzone.com monitors Egypt’s online shopping trends during summer https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/13/herzone-com-monitors-egypts-online-shopping-trends-summer/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/13/herzone-com-monitors-egypts-online-shopping-trends-summer/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:00:48 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635807 80% growth in mobile purchases, while school supplies and bags are the best sellers

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Coinciding with back-to- school season and the end of summer, school supplies and bags have topped the best-selling categories on the 1st largest e-commerce site in Egypt for Ladies, HerZone.com, in the last weeks of the summer, recording 42%.

Home accessories came second by 28%, while women’s accessories accounted for 14% of total sales. as HerZone.com continues to recognize the importance of customer needs and habits in the buying process, which is considered to be one of the most vital growth stages in the e-commerce sector.

With mobile users approaching 100 million and Egyptian mobile phone operators reporting an 111% prevalence rate, the report illustrates that purchases using smartphones up to 80% of the total Egyptian online purchases. Computers follow at 10.90%. Tablets come in third place at 9%. A further increase in smartphone users in the Egyptian market that will coincide with the adoption of 4G technology, is expected in coming months.

“In the last few years, e-commerce platforms have turned out to be an essential source of purchases and no longer only an option for desktop buyers as they become the first place to search for daily needs across all ages,” states Diaa Hassan, the Founder of the Herzone.com platform.

“Understanding customers’ needs and habits is our priority in providing a favorable and competitive buying experience,” Diaa adds.

The report also revealed the most interactive age group on HerZone.com, where those aged 25-34 years old dominated by 65%. Those between 35-44 years old rank second with a buying proportion of 17%. Third place is shared equally by 12% between those under 24 and over 45 years old.

The report pointed out that women had higher online purchasing rates than men. On the HerZone.com platform during the summer season, purchasing rates were 79% for women compared to 21% for men.

The e- commerce is considered one of the main pillars of economic development in Egypt and the Arab region with global expectations that it will reach $20bn in the Middle East and North Africa by 2020.

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Infinix nears completing contract with TE https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/13/infinix-nears-completing-contract-te/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/13/infinix-nears-completing-contract-te/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:30:59 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635803 Market sales have regained growth and have approached one million units per month, says Wagih

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Business Development Manager at Infinix Corporation Ahmed Wagih said that the negotiations with Telecom Egypt to supply the company with smartphones are still ongoing and are at an advanced stage, noting that the cooperation with Orange is still going well.

Telecom Egypt obtained a licence to provide mobile services and 4G services for EGP 7.08bn, including 50% in US dollars and 50% in Egyptian pounds. The company paid EGP 5.2bn and will pay the remaining sum on four annual instalments. Telecom Egypt announced it aims to provide 4G mobile services in the summer, starting from September.

Meanwhile, Infinix has launched its newest smartphones the Infinix Note 4 and Note 4 Pro on the local market. Wagih said the company has managed to take a 15% market share in Egypt last year.

He noted that the domestic market witnessed a contraction in mobile phone sales after the pound was floated by 40%, yet, has regained its growth again, where sales reached 1 million devices per month against 600,000 units only in the few months following the flotation of the pound.

Wagih noted that the hike of exchange rate last year has affected the company’s business negatively, adding that the market began to recover during the current period.

Infinix aims to sell some 1.3 million devices in 2017 to boost its market share in Egypt, despite the decline in sales in Egypt to 10 million devices in 2017 compared to 14 million in 2015.

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Samsung announces release date of Note 8 in Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/13/samsung-announces-release-date-note-8-egypt/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/13/samsung-announces-release-date-note-8-egypt/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:00:25 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635801 Samsung Egypt is opening the door for the early booking of its newest Galaxy device, the Note 8, starting from 17 September to 4 October. According the official Samsung Egypt page, the price of the device will be about EGP 18,000, while the early booking requires a down payment of EGP 3,000. The Korean company …

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Samsung Egypt is opening the door for the early booking of its newest Galaxy device, the Note 8, starting from 17 September to 4 October. According the official Samsung Egypt page, the price of the device will be about EGP 18,000, while the early booking requires a down payment of EGP 3,000.

The Korean company has revealed its Galaxy Note 8 announcing it will compete Apple’s new phones in August.

The Note 8 came in line with what has been reported in a lot of leaks over the past days where the sources were able to detect even the colours of the phone, which comes with a design very similar to the Galaxy S8 with an Infinity Display to covers most of the front side.

The most prominent feature of the phone is the dual cameras, which Samsung has focused on as the first phone to offer this feature. There is also a new feature to launch two applications at the same time on the screen with the click of a button through the side menu.

As for the S Pen, it received many upgrades to become more accurate and smooth. The pressure sensitivity was improved and four new features were added, such as the GIF, translation, and currency conversion.

Previous safety features are continuous, such as face recognition and iris scanning. The fingerprint scanner was placed on the back side, while it remains equipped with resistance and dust IP68 standards.

The phone supports USB Type-C port for fast charging and data transfer with a 3.5 mm headphone port, Bluetooth 5, and 4G.

 

 

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How to benefit from ITIDA’s commercial trips programme? https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/13/benefit-itidas-commercial-trips-programme/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/13/benefit-itidas-commercial-trips-programme/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:30:35 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635798 The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) launched a commercial trips programme, which is a special funding programme with the aim of promoting Egyptian companies’ exports and increasing their presence in foreign markets. The programme allows Egyptian companies to participate in international events and foreign exhibitions individually as an exhibitor, a visitor in the event, …

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The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) launched a commercial trips programme, which is a special funding programme with the aim of promoting Egyptian companies’ exports and increasing their presence in foreign markets.

The programme allows Egyptian companies to participate in international events and foreign exhibitions individually as an exhibitor, a visitor in the event, or a speaker at a seminar.

The benefits of the programme includes opening new businesses and markets for Egyptian companies, which subsequently contributes to increase exports of the local ICT sector, enabling Egyptian companies access global markets resulting in a development in the Egyptian product; helping companies expand and search for new business opportunities; and increasing employment opportunities within these companies as a natural result of the increase in commercial transactions with foreign companies.

All Egyptian ICT companies registered in ITIDA’s database and their specialty should be consistent with the nature of the suggested commercial trip.

Interested companies should fill in the commercial trips form three weeks before the date of the trip. Following this, ITIDA will review requests and reply within two working weeks. In case of approval, the company will be asked to sign a biennial contract to participate in the programme. Participation approval will be according to the terms and conditions mentioned in the contract.

The selection criteria relies on the applicant company’s completion of the registration at ITIDA’s database, in addition to the company’s specialty consistency with the nature of the suggested commercial trip and the date of establishment of the company, which should exceed two years from the date of the submitting the request.

Funding items include the cost of participation in international exhibitions: exhibition space booking, building pavilions and other requirements of the pavilion, as well as accommodation expenses of an individual (two person for micro, small, and medium enterprises) from the participating company during a commercial trip for a maximum of five nights ($150 per night), accommodation can be booked directly with hotels. The funding also covers airline ticket expenses of an individual (two person for Micro, Small and Mid Enterprises) from the participating company during a commercial trip. The maximum amount to be reimbursed per person according to the below schedule.

Flight ticket must be booked through EgyptAir offices only and no bookings should be made directly with tourism companies or travel agents. Moreover, only economy class tickets are allowed and bookings on business class are not accepted. ITIDA’s programme also covers registration fees, event or exhibition entry fees, and the participation cost of bilateral business meetings.

The company will be able to participate in the commercial trips programme by participating in a number of 10 commercial trips during the period of the programme, which is two years and which does not exceed five commercial trips per year.

Each company is funded a maximum of EGP 50,000 per trip, while EGP 200,000 is the maximum fund for all commercial trips (10 trips) during the contract period while considering a cap of EGP 100,000 annually.

For micro, small, and medium enterprises, ITIDA will subsidise 70% of the total cost of the commercial trip. And for large companies, ITIDA will subsidise 60% of the total cost of the trip.

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Mobile market lost 11,000 clients in June https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/06/mobile-market-lost-11000-clients-june/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/06/mobile-market-lost-11000-clients-june/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:30:19 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635330 Internet gains 71,000 new users

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The mobile market has lost nearly 11,000 clients in June, compared to May, according to a report by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. The report noted that the number of mobile users declined from 100.42 million in May to 100.31 million in June—a drop of 0.11%.

Moreover, the report also noted that the number of internet users in Egypt increased to 35.55 million users, up by 71,000 from 34.84 million in May.

The number of mobile internet users increased dramatically in June, with the number of users increasing from 26.8 million in May to 27.37 million users in June—marking a growth of 19.6%.

Meanwhile, the number of USB modem internet users increased by 0.6% to reach 3.41 million in June, up from 3.36 million in May. According to the report, the number of ADSL users also increased by 2.1% to reach 4.8 million in June, up from 4.7 million in May.

The telecommunications service prices declined slightly during the first quarter of this year compared to the fourth quarter of last year, as the average cost of internet service fell from $3.80 to $2.80 in the first quarter this year, while the mobile service cost declined from $1.7 in the fourth quarter of 2016 to $1.2 in the first quarter this year. In addition, the landline service cost dropped from $1.2 to $0.9 in the first quarter in 2017.

The report also indicated that the prices of communication services did not change in the first quarter of this year in Egyptian pounds, explaining that the decline in cost is due to the depreciation of the pound to the dollar thanks to the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) policy to float the Egyptian pound in November 2016, which leads to changing the prices up and down when accounted for costs in dollars compared to previous quarters.

Finally, the value-added tax was imposed at the end of September 2016 to the price, which also contributed to changing the prices compared.

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Lenovo depends mainly on achieving proliferation  for its strategic plans for the coming period https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/06/lenovo-depends-mainly-achieving-proliferation-strategic-plans-coming-period/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/09/06/lenovo-depends-mainly-achieving-proliferation-strategic-plans-coming-period/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:00:51 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635327 The liberalization of the exchange rate contributed to the stability and availability of the currency: Shaheen 

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Lenovo’s strategy in the coming period is based on three main axes, the first of which is the increase in deployment based on various services offered by the company in the IT sector.

Especially after the acquisition of one of IBM’s units, which authorized Lenovo to provide data center services.

According to Yasser Shaheen LENOVO-Egypt Country General Manager, the second focus on the company’s strategy depends on device in cloud, in addition to the third axis, which focuses on the spread of the company’s devices for individual consumers, whether computers or tablets or smart phones .

Shaheen believes that the liberalization of the exchange rate ended two main crises –  instability of the exchange rate and the provision of hard currency, which contributed to the creation of investment climate in the Egyptian market significantly.

What is the company’s strategy in the next upcoming five years?

In the previous strategy we focused on strengthening our presence in the Chinese market as the main market of our activity. Later on we focused on spreading in a number of other markets; in addition to, adding new products provided by the company, especially that the computer was the main product of the company in the Chinese market.

Now that the company has become a larger entity from a hardware vendor and has introduced new services such as the consumer products sector and the Data Centre, which was formed after the acquisition of a subsidiary of IBM, the company’s strategy changed.

Our new strategy is based on three main axes: expanding the global reach of all our products, especially the retail consumer sector, continuing to rely on technological innovation, and focusing on our strategy of device in cloud because it is the future of technology.

Moreover the third axis, which depends on the deployment of our products from mobile devices, whether branded Lenovo or Motorola.

This strategy will be applied not only at the global level, but also at the local level.

During the recent period, the global technology market witnessed many acquisitions, what is the meaning of this?

Acquisitions in the global market are not intended to increase competitiveness as much survival. Lenovo, for example, is the world number one selling computers, but if we do not think about investing in other sectors.

However, if we stopped at this point only and didn’t invest in other products we would have been affected during the decrease in computer sales.

Therefore when we were the number one worldwide in the production of computers went to the manufacture of tablets and our product achieved this success and widespread.

But for large companies such as Lenovo, they are looking for promising investment opportunities that increase the base of services and products they provide and strengthen their position in the technology market by predicting the future and preparing them for new investment opportunities based on new technology.

Additionally, large companies must be flexible enough to meet consumer needs as they change with consumption trends, which is part of our strategy.

What are the mechanisms to implement your strategy in the Egyptian market during the coming period?

The number of employees in the Egyptian office has quadrupled, and it is the first step to translate the company’s strategy. Many new employees have been recruited, although Lenovo’s office in Egypt is a representative office only.

The second step in implementing the strategy is to appoint managers for each sector capable of carrying out the parent company’s strategy.

Only an agreement with local partners is left to help us implement our strategy in the coming period, which we are currently implementing.

What solutions do you think will grow during the coming period?

Each market has its needs and is determined according to a number of determinants such as average per capita income and consumer culture in the market itself. In addition to, a number of other determinants through which the specific perception of the target product or service is focused on the market.

For the Egyptian market, there are strong opportunities for the growth of Enterprise and it is expected that over the next two years, the market share of Enterprise will increase the total of the ICT industry.

If we look at the projects that the Egyptian government has set as a top priority and are currently working on, such as electronic interconnection between ministries and the automation of government services, it will increase the chances of the growth of the Enterprise sector in the coming period.

Is there cooperation with the government in implementing projects now?

Currently, we are responding to the requirements in preparation for a later stage related to some of our experiences in the implementation of projects similar to the projects that the government is currently implementing to contribute to our expertise in the implementation of the local market.

Have you presented the government with your expertise and solutions to take advantage of it in a few projects?

We are working on this by providing creative solutions in preparation for presenting them to the government and discussing opportunities for cooperation with them.

How do you see the impact of the liberalization of the exchange rate on the investment climate in Egypt?

The liberalization of the exchange rate had a negative impact at the time of its occurrence, but it came to rectify mistakes from the past. However, it was a necessary step. It is impossible to deal with two currency prices. Therefore, it is a positive step in the long run.

The most important result of the decision to liberalize the exchange rate is to provide stability to the price of the currency, regardless of whether it is high or low, but the most important is the stability, and then availability. Which is the step reached by the government now as hard currency is available and this is an important step in the development of the investment climate.

In general, we have great confidence in the Egyptian market and understand the confidence of consumers in our products, which led us to return to the old prices after the rise in prices due to the liberalization of the exchange rate.

What is the investment climate in the Egyptian market?

According to the opinion of our partners in the local market, the most important steps they have been demanding are the stability of the exchange rate and the provision of foreign currency. These steps have been organized during the past period, and I believe that these steps will contribute to growth during the coming period.

Moreover, I believe that controlling the smuggled equipment from abroad will contribute significantly to the growth of the information technology market and improve the investment climate in the sector.

The second-hand equipment negatively affects the brands that already exist in the Egyptian market, especially since they do not have guarantees. Customer’s bad brand impression.

And we talked with the government agencies responsible for the establishment of mechanisms to enter the equipment used to Egypt, including reference to the company’s branch in Egypt in the case of importing a device used for a trademark in Egypt, but the discussions in this section has been suspended for a period and we expect to resume in the coming period.

After the liberalization of the exchange rate, the purchasing power of individual consumers in Egypt declined. How did you deal with this?

The market has been negatively impacted by the liberalization of the exchange rate. There has been a contraction in the market as a result of the decline in the purchasing power of individual consumers and the rise in the prices of equipment.

The effect has been around for almost three months; however, we are still the number one in the Egyptian market with the sales of computers market sales.

Nevertheless, the market is expected to witness strong growth during the coming period with the current economic movement and the implementation of several government projects in addition to expanding our investments in the Egyptian market.

The second quarter (q2) sales improved compared to the q1 of this year, as a result of the stability of the currency

What are your company’s expectations for the market during the coming period?

We expect growth in the market during the coming period, which will be in line with the government’s projects related to electronic connectivity and automation of government services. That is the reason for the growth of the computer market, as well as the steps of Minister of Communications Yasser Al-Qadi to implement the technological zones plan will contribute significantly to growth.

Can you expand on the new technology areas that the Ministry of Communications is working on?

Currently, we have not made a final decision in this regard, but we are still studying the idea.

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Samsung Electronics Shapes Life’s at IFA 2017 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/635082/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/635082/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:20:08 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635082 Samsung Electronics Co today used its presence at IFA 2017 in Berlin to showcase its latest consumer products and innovative technology.

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Samsung Electronics Co today used its presence at IFA 2017 in Berlin to showcase its latest consumer products and innovative technology.

During its press conference, Samsung highlighted its focus on the craftsmanship and connectivity of its products, along with partnerships that are enabling its technology to rapidly set new standards.

Samsung continued to revolutionise the visual display industry at IFA 2017, with the release of a new 43-inch version of The Frame.

Previously available in 55- and 65-inch sizes, the design-led TV experience is the ideal fit for the living room or other sized rooms in the home.

Samsung also introduced the world’s largest QLED gaming monitor – the CHG90, which measures 49-inches, offering a full and immersive view of gaming action.
The Craftsmanship for Meaningful Innovation in Appliances
Samsung’s new home appliances introduced at IFA 2017 are designed with a single aim in mind: to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives with brilliant innovations they come to rely on.

Samsung launched the new washing machine with QuickDrive™ technology, cutting washing time by half and energy use by 20 percent, offering consumers the time-saving solution, without compromising washing performance. In line with the key theme of Craftsmanship, Samsung also revealed the POWERstick PROTM cordless vacuum cleaner, the ultimate cleaning solution, it guarantees powerful cleaning performance with leading suction power, easy maintenance and a long-lasting battery.

The versatile smartwatch, the new Gear Sport, takes on board the functionality that users want from a fitness gadget today. It includes built-in GPS, run-pacing features and nutrition tracking. With a focus on connectivity, the Gear Sport can control the Samsung IoT-enabled devices, act as a remote control for a PowerPoint presentation or Samsung Gear VR, and pay for goods via Samsung Pay (NFC Only). Samsung also launched the Gear Fit2 Pro – an advanced GPS fitness band. It features a beautifully curved 1.5” Super AMOLED display and is able to track various activities – whether on land or in the pool.

Samsung’s ongoing partnership with HARMAN is also fortifying its big picture for new technologies. Following six months of partnership, Samsung is now the global leader in connected car technology, with more than 50 million cars on the road worldwide powered by HARMAN and Samsung technology.

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Mobile companies motivate customers to change their SIM cards to 4G ready https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/mobile-companies-motivate-customers-change-sim-cards-4g-ready/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/mobile-companies-motivate-customers-change-sim-cards-4g-ready/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:00:13 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635075 Vodafone offers free 500 MB after swapping SIM

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Mobile operators have also begun final preparations for the launch of 4G services. They have sent text messages to their clients, advising them to swap their SIM cards to the 4G-ready version.

Vodafone sent text messages to its customers telling them to change their mobile chips to suit 4G services. The company told some of its customers via text messages that they would receive gifts in the form of free internet megabytes if they changed the mobile SIM card to the 4G-ready one.

As part of its preparations to launch 4G services, Vodafone has launched a new 4G smartphone, Smart Turbo 7. The phone gives the buyers their money back in the form of free credit that can be used for calls, text messages, or internet over 12 months.

According to Karim Shehata, head of sales at Vodafone Egypt, Smart Turbo 7 is the bestselling device in South Africa, alone accounting for 35% of the mobile market share. He noted that 25 people in the research and development department have worked on developing the smartphone to have full services required by clients for daily life, next to providing over 1,500 point-of-sales across the republic that also offer after-sale services.

Fadwa Al-Qusairi, the head of marketing at Vodafone Egypt, said that Vodafone Egypt has launched its latest version of smartphones in conjunction with the launch of the services of 4G in Egypt, expecting the service to make a quantum leap in terms of content and video applications. The business sector as well will benefit from a more efficient internet services, as 4G is considered one of the main platforms for the Internet of Things (IoT). She noted that the entry of 4G will require providing a new digital content that matches the rapid development of services.

Moreover, she said that the Smart Turbo 7 is one of a set of mobile phones offered by Vodafone in Egypt, as part of its plan to expand in the manufacturing of smartphones in Egypt. The set also includes Vodafone Smart Mini Tab, Vodafone Smart Prime 7, and Vodafone Smart Ultra.

The Smart Turbo 7 comes with a 5-inch screen and two cameras. The front camera captures pictures at 5 megapixels, while the back camera has a 2 megapixel sensor. The phone has a slot for up to 32 GB external memory cards, along with 2 slots for SIM cards that can work with all mobile networks. The internal memory is 8 GB, operated by Android Marshmallow 6.0 and powered by a quad-core 1.0 processor. The device comes with a battery of 2,000 milliampere.

Vodafone Egypt has announced early this year launching a new version of its Vodafone Smart Mini 7, which comes with many features, including its under EGP 1,000 pricetag. The device has 2 SIM card slots, Android 6 operation system and 2 megapixel camera.

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TE Data seek to hire distributors and dealerships for internet services with a commission up to 30% https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/te-data-seek-hire-distributors-dealerships-internet-services-commission-30/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/te-data-seek-hire-distributors-dealerships-internet-services-commission-30/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:30:12 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635073 Distributors’ powers will include contracting on land line and mobile services

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Telecom Egypt continued its preparations to offer 4G services and enter the mobile market. TE Data, a subsidiary of Telecom Egypt, announced it is seeking to hire distributors and dealerships with attractive commissions.

TE Data for ADSL services announced it needs dealerships and distributors for their internet services at a commission rate of 30%. A source at the company told Daily News Egypt that this comes in line with the mother company’s preparations to enter the mobile market and becoming an integrated service provider. The company aims to increase expansion to compete strongly through the added-value services through its subsidiaries, including TE Data.

As for the advantages of working as an agent of TE Data, the official said that they will be provided with an integrated system to accept payments to all the company’s services without any extra fees. The distributor, however, will obtain a EGP 4 commission per bill from the company itself.

He added that the new system allows distributors to add other distributors under the management of the original distributor to act as an agent, which helps the original distributor to increase income and profits, without being in the same province.

The system will also provide all TE Data services, such as signing for new contracts, collecting bills, changing packages, speeds, and recharging the gigabytes for the packages. This means that the distributors will have all the powers of the main branch.

Furthermore, the distributors shall be able to collect the bills of Telecom Egypt, as well as the bills for all mobile companies. In addition, they will be able to recharge phone lines. In the coming period, they will also get the ability to contract for land lines and the 4G services.

Telecom Egypt has signed a local roaming agreement with Etisalat Egypt. Ahmed Behiry, CEO and Managing Director, said previously that his company has reached the best formula for the price of minute and MB with Etisalat, while the roaming services will be provided in cooperation with Orange.

The agreement allows TE to offer mobile services over Etisalat nationwide telecommunications network.

Local roaming means that Telecom Egypt will purchase minutes of calls and data units from the three mobile operators operating in the local market during the period in which the company is building its own 4G networks.

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September may be crucial month in telecommunication sector https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/september-may-crucial-month-telecommunication-sector/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/september-may-crucial-month-telecommunication-sector/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:00:13 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635024 Although the four mobile telecom companies, Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat, and Telecom Egypt received the 4G licence, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has not announced a final date to activate the service. The four companies redistributed their frequencies and began the pilot operation of the fourth generation services in preparation for obtaining NTRA approval to …

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Although the four mobile telecom companies, Vodafone, Orange, Etisalat, and Telecom Egypt received the 4G licence, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has not announced a final date to activate the service. The four companies redistributed their frequencies and began the pilot operation of the fourth generation services in preparation for obtaining NTRA approval to officially launch the service.

Yet, sources at the NTRA say that the service will be approved in September. Moreover, the telecommunication sector expects a number of decisions that will be discussed in the coming period.

Launching of Telecom Egypt (TE) mobile service

After several attempts to obtain a mobile licence, Telecom Egypt officially announced that it will launch mobile services in September. The company received a licence to install and operate the fourth generation mobile phone network in Egypt worth EGP 7.08bn, allowing the company to enter the mobile phone market.

The company was qualified to enter the competition of the mobile market, with the three other telecommunication companies. It is expected to present many offers on mobile lines to attract the largest number of customers.

In addition, a company official announced that a number of the company’s mobile lines were received and supplied to the stores in preparation for launching them in the market.

The number of TE land line subscribers amount to 6.55 million users in April 2017, up from 6.09 million in April 2016, a growth of 7.48%.

The number of centrals across Egypt stood at 1,550 in April 2017, compared to 1,435 in April 2016, according to a report by the Ministry of Communication.

Applying VAT on Internet

One of the most important decisions to be implemented in September is the application of the value-added tax (VAT) on the Internet service at 14%. The VAT Law exempted the Internet services for a period of one year from the application of the law in September 2016, as one of the list of exempted services that included 56 goods and services. The tax will be imposed on the Internet, starting from 6 September.

Internet companies have not yet announced how to apply this tax to prices, whether it will be borne by the consumer, or the company.

The total number of subscribers to high-speed ADSL Internet access reached 4.05 million consumers in April 2016, up from 3.32 million in April 2015, registering a growth of 21.99%.

Launch of the 4G services

Everyone is waiting for the official 4G service launch, since it will remarkably improve the internet service quality in Egypt and will enable users to run more applications on smartphones at high speed.

The NTRA has announced in August that mobile companies will complete their frequency allocations within 10 days from the beginning of the month. The company noted that 4G services will be soon launched, but did not specify a final launch date.

Increased prices of mobile services

The three mobile operators Vodafone, Orange, and Etisalat have called upon the NTRA to approve increasing mobile services amid the decline in profits. The revenues of the three companies have plummeted following the price hikes post-flotation of the pound in November 2016. The companies have since sought to increase their service costs, especially as their tools and equipment have become more pricey since they are imported from abroad with hard cash.

The NTRA, however, did not clarify its position from the demand and asked the companies to present their view on the prices and profitability.

Starting from July, 1% of the extra credit was deducted from the recharge cards because of the application of the VAT and increasing its rate to 14% up from 13%.

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The 10 most powerful telecom brands https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/10-powerful-telecom-brands/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/10-powerful-telecom-brands/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:30:38 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635033 Brexit has taken its toll on brands within the UK. The two main factors driving the drop in all UK brands this year were the depreciation of the pound against the dollar and the uncertainty around the whole event,   which impacted the discount rate we use for the UK market. Leaving these external factors …

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Brexit has taken its toll on brands within the UK. The two main factors driving the drop in all UK brands this year were the depreciation of the pound against the dollar and the uncertainty around the whole event,   which impacted the discount rate we use for the UK market. Leaving these external factors aside, Vodafone and BT did not experience any major changes over the last year, both brands keeping their brand ratings at AA+ and AAA- respectively.

STC, Saudi Arabia’s most valuable brand and the Middle East’s most valuable telecom brand, grew 11% in value this year to $6.2 billion. The Riyadh-based giant demonstrated a departure from its once traditional approach. It is embarking down a path of ‘humanisation’, re-engaging its many stakeholders with a fresh, personable outlook. A clear indication of its success is the 5-point increase in its brand strength index score, proving that putting some heart into it pays off.

Like STC, Ooredoo has generally tried to employ a mono-brand structure. Since rebranding in its home market of Qatar in 2014, Ooredoo has pursued a successful rebrand strategy across seven other markets, establishing a significant regional brand spanning Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia. This has provided a platform for launching a new network in Myanmar, as well as fully dual branding with large, well-established operator Indosat in Indonesia.

Ooredoo’s brand value has grown from below $1bn to more than $3bn in four years, propelling it into the top 50. It is useful to look not just at the values of a specific brand, but also the combined values of all brands owned by a corporate organisation. This emphasises that brands are assets of a larger enterprise to be used to maximise business value. It also levels the playing field, in that companies that employ a mono-brand structure frequently see brands bearing their company name performing well in brand value league tables.

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AT&T tops ranking of telecom companies with $87bn https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/att-tops-ranking-telecom-companies-87bn/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/att-tops-ranking-telecom-companies-87bn/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:00:20 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635030 The Brand Finance report listed the top telecom companies in ranking of the value of their brands. The report included only one Egyptian company, Telecom Egypt, which came in the 170th spot amongst 500 companies included in the report. AT&T saw its brand value grow 45% this year to $87 billion, overtaking Verizon as the …

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The Brand Finance report listed the top telecom companies in ranking of the value of their brands. The report included only one Egyptian company, Telecom Egypt, which came in the 170th spot amongst 500 companies included in the report.

AT&T saw its brand value grow 45% this year to $87 billion, overtaking Verizon as the most valuable telecom brand. The brand topped the ranking with an estimated brand value of $87bn, up from $59.9bn.

Verizon, though it has lost its position at the top of the table, remains strong, registering a two-point BSI score improvement and 4% brand value growth, placing it in second place with a value of $65.9bn, up from $63.1bn in last year’s ranking.

China Mobile was ranked third in 2017, with an estimated brand value of $46.7bn, down from $49.8bn last year—a decline of 6%.

T-Mobile came in fourth, with a brand value of $36.4bn, up from $33.1bn, marking a growth of 10%.

Xfinity came in fifth, one spot ahead from last year. The report showed the brand value increased by 8%, to go up from $24.1bn in 2016 to $26.1bn.

Vodafone came in sixth, down one spot from last year’s ranking. The brand value declined from $27.8bn to $21.8bn this year—a sharp decline of 22%.

In seventh spot was ranked the French company Orange with an estimated value of $21.5bn, up from $19.1bn in 2016, achieving an increase of 13$%.

NTT was ranked one spot ahead from last year. The report indicated the brand to be worth $21.1bn, up from $18.1bn last year, marking a growth of 16%.

Meanwhile, Softbank ranked ninth, two rankings ahead from last year. The brand value surged 26% from $16.3bn in 2016 to $20.6bn in the current year.

Tailing the list was Docomo, after having its brand value increased from $13.5bn last year to $19.4bn this year, marking an increase of 44%.

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Top 10 telecom infrastructure companies https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/top-10-telecom-infrastructure-companies/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/top-10-telecom-infrastructure-companies/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:30:49 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635027 Brand Finance indicated that Huawei retains the top spot in the table with a brand value of $25bn after growing 28%. The Chinese giant persevered with its efforts to raise its brand profile worldwide. After successfully implementing global marketing campaigns, which include celebrity endorsements, its brand recognition subsequently increased to 81% in 2016, up from …

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Brand Finance indicated that Huawei retains the top spot in the table with a brand value of $25bn after growing 28%. The Chinese giant persevered with its efforts to raise its brand profile worldwide. After successfully implementing global marketing campaigns, which include celebrity endorsements, its brand recognition subsequently increased to 81% in 2016, up from 76% in 2015, according to an IPSOS survey.

Cisco brand came in second on the league table, with an estimated brand value of $20.7bn, up from $19.1bn last year, growing by 8%.

Qualcomm was the fastest growing telecom infrastructure brand, rising 65% in value to $6.8bn. The continued success and development of the brand’s Snapdragon mobile processor products indicates the positive direction in which the brand is headed. However, legal disputes with Apple regarding allegations that Qualcomm receives unnecessary royalties as a result of charging based on handset retail prices casts doubt on the brand’s strong performance. Qualcomm was ranked third on the list with an estimated brand valued at $6.8bn, up 65% from $4.1bn last year.

Ericson ranked fourth on the list with a brand worth $5bn, down by 47% from $9.4bn in 2016. Nokia followed in fifth with a brand valued at $4.9bn, up from $3bn last year.

ZTE from China ranked sixth in terms of brand value, with an estimated worth of $2.8bn, down slightly from $2.9bn in 2016.

Corning came in seventh with a brand value of $1.6bn, down from $1.8bn last year, while Harris came in eighth with a brand valued at $1.3bn, up from $1.2bn last year.

Jumier came in ninth with a value of $1.2bn, up from $1.1bn in 2016, while China ComService followed at the tail with a value of $1bn.

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Etisalat ranks strongest in terms of financial portfolio in Middle East with $7.7bn https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/etisalat-ranks-strongest-terms-financial-portfolio-middle-east-7-7bn/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/etisalat-ranks-strongest-terms-financial-portfolio-middle-east-7-7bn/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:00:31 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635021 MTN portofolio ranks biggest in Africa with $3bn

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Companies with a diverse house of brands portfolio (which may be by far the most effective strategy for their circumstances) do not receive the commensurate prestige. Comparing portfolio values rather than individual brand values in this way reveals some hidden brand powerhouses. For example, on a portfolio basis, Etisalat comes out on top in the Middle East, with $7.7bn, $1.5bn ahead of second-placed STC. MTN Company was ranked first in Africa, having its portfolio increased to $3bn.

On the international level, Brand Finance ranked the top 10 telecommunications companies in terms of financial portfolio, putting the American AT&T on top of the list, with a financial portfolio of $87bn, followed by Verizon with $66.9bn.

Moreover, China Mobile came in third with a financial portfolio of $46.8bn, then NTT with $40.5bn.

In fifth, Brand Finance placed T-Mobile, where the report estimated the size of its financial portfolio at $36.4bn, followed by SoftBank in the sixth spot with a portfolio of $30.9bn.

The list saw the Spanish Telefunica placed in the seventh ranking with $24.9bn, followed by KDDI in eighth with a portfolio of $21.9bn.

Vodafone was ranked ninth with a portfolio of $21.8bn, with Orange tailing the list with $21.5bn.

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Technology companies dominate top positions of world’s top brands https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/technology-companies-dominate-top-positions-worlds-top-brands/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/technology-companies-dominate-top-positions-worlds-top-brands/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:30:35 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635022 Google tops the rankings, valuing its brand at $109.4bn

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Telecom and IT companies dominated the first places in the world’s highest-value brand list during 2017. Google topped the league with a market value of $109.4bn, according to Brand Finance. This is up from $88.2bn last year.

Apple came in second place with a brand valued at $107.1bn, down from $145.9bn in 2016. The brand took one step down from last year. Meanwhile, Amazon came in third with a brand worth $106.3bn.

In fourth place came the US telecommunications company AT&T, with a brand value of $87bn. Microsoft followed in fifth, despite having its brand coming down one spot. This year, the brand was valued at $76.2bn.

Samsung Group ranked sixth worldwide after evaluating its brand at $66.2bn, one step up from last year, followed by Verizon in seventh with a brand valued at $65.8bn.

Moreover, Facebook ranked eighth in the world, up from the 17th ranking in 2016. The brand was estimated to be worth $61.9bn. The Chinese telecom company China Mobile came in ninth with a brand value of $46.7bn, then, tailing the list, was T-Deutsche Telekom in Germany with $36.4bn.

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Technology companies outperform in Bran Finance’s index https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/technology-companies-outperform-bran-finances-index/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/30/technology-companies-outperform-bran-finances-index/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:00:53 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=635016 TE ranks 170 amongst top 500 telecom brands

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Telecommunications and information technology companies have dominated the ranks of the largest companies in terms of brand value, reflecting the importance of the telecommunications and IT sector in the global economy.

Emirates Telecom Group was ranked as the largest financial portfolio amongst telecommunication companies in the Middle East. The report did not include Egyptian companies, except for Telecom Egypt (TE), which ranked 170th in terms of the brand value in the list of the highest 500 telecom brands.

American AT&T was classified as the highest brand in terms of the financial value of the company. Huawei came first in the index of infrastructure companies, outperforming several major companies, such as Cisco, Ericsson, and Nokia.

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How OPPO developed its cameras https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/23/oppo-developed-cameras/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/23/oppo-developed-cameras/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:30:47 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=634621 Director of Camera technology, Photography Lab, OPPO, Qiqun Zhou, said that in May 2008, OPPO launched the A103, its first Smiley Face mobile phone. At the time, it had the best photo-taking and video-recording capabilities among all its peers of a similar grade. In 2009, OPPO launched the camera phone P51 featuring a 5 MP …

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Director of Camera technology, Photography Lab, OPPO, Qiqun Zhou, said that in May 2008, OPPO launched the A103, its first Smiley Face mobile phone. At the time, it had the best photo-taking and video-recording capabilities among all its peers of a similar grade.

In 2009, OPPO launched the camera phone P51 featuring a 5 MP camera with multiple features, including auto focus, face detection, image stabilization, red-eye reduction, 8x digital zoom and real-shot for fun images. Then, in 2012, OPPO was the first to introduce the beautify function into mobile phones with the successive launch of two revolutionary products, the U701 and U2. The success of these two products created a new segment in the mobile phone market—smartphones equipped with beautify features. This created a new trend where users would snap selfies and then beautify the result before posting it to social media. Naturally, many manufacturers followed suit and launched similar products.

The OPPO U701 was the first smartphone in the market with the function to beautify selfies. At the time, smartphone front camera quality was generally 1.3 MP. Yet, the OPPO U701 had an unprecedented 2MP camera and the Beauty+ engine, which was capable of smart facial recognition, skin tone touch-up, and facial feature enhancement.

In 2012, the OPPO Find3 was configured with the “instant shot” function. The perfect final image was captured the moment the shutter was pressed, without any delay.

In 2013, OPPO launched the N1, the world’s first 206° rotating camera phone. It was equipped with a 13 MP camera for capturing images from the front or rear. During the same year, OPPO introduced the 8s slow exposure which brought more possibilities to mobile photography.

In 2014, the Find7 was launched; its ultra-HD function was released ahead of competitors. With the multi-frame processing technology, the quality of images captured by its 13MP camera could become a composite at 50MP, which rivalled the quality of main images seen on magazine covers. This was another breakthrough for OPPO’s multi-frame processing technology. The Find7 was also equipped with the multi-frame image stabilization technology. The moment the shutter was pressed; several images would be captured continuously in the background. The best image was then automatically selected and saved. The entire process lasted only tens of milliseconds. To date, it is still the fastest automatic background multi-frame selection and image stabilization feature in the industry.

In 2014, OPPO N3 was upgraded to the motorized 206° freely-stop rotating camera. It is still the world’s only patented mobile phone with motorized rotating camera technology. The OPPO N3 lens was honourably granted professional certification by Germany’s Schneider Kreuznach.

This spirit of innovation continued to drive OPPO forward. In 2016, OPPO announced the ‘Selfie Expert’ F-series. The flagship model, the F1 Plus, was OPPO’s first device packed with a 16-megapixel front camera. In the same year, OPPO worked with Sony to co-develop the customized 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor for the R9s. The outstanding product performance and amazing user experiences placed OPPO as the leading brand in setting trends for smartphone photography.

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Milestones: from MP3 player manufacturer to China’s Top smartphone brand https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/23/milestones-from-mp3-player-manufacturer-to-chinas-top-smartphone-brand/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/23/milestones-from-mp3-player-manufacturer-to-chinas-top-smartphone-brand/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:00:36 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=634615 OPPO was globally registered in 2001, and OPPO China was established in 2004. Following its establishment, OPPO manufactured MP3 and MP4 players in 2005 and 2006. In 2008, OPPO introduced its first feature phone through “A103 Smile face”. In 2009, the brand introduced the Blu-ray player in US and Europe. Entering the smartphone era, OPPO …

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OPPO was globally registered in 2001, and OPPO China was established in 2004. Following its establishment, OPPO manufactured MP3 and MP4 players in 2005 and 2006.

In 2008, OPPO introduced its first feature phone through “A103 Smile face”. In 2009, the brand introduced the Blu-ray player in US and Europe. Entering the smartphone era, OPPO launched its first smartphone “Find” in 2011. This was followed by the “Finder & Find 3” in 2012 and the “Find 5, N1, ColorOS” in 2013. In 2014, the “N3” was launched, which was the first mobile ever with a motorised rotating camera with 206°of rotation. The company then launched the “R7 & R7 Plus” in 2015, “R9 series” and “F1 series” in 2016, and “F3 series” and “R11 series” in 2017.

Enlarging its footprint worldwide, OPPO operates in a total of 27 markets across the globe, as follows: 10 markets in Southeast Asia, 6 in South and Central Asia, 4 in Africa, 5 in the Middle East, and 2 in Oceania.

In 2016, OPPO was ranked the fourth smartphone brand globally with a market share increase of 132.9%, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. In 2016, OPPO topped the Chinese smartphone market with a 122.2% increase, according to IDC.

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OPPO R&D labs https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/23/oppo-rd-labs/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/23/oppo-rd-labs/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:30:49 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=634612 R&D is depicted in the smartphones of OPPO, including the R5, which features an asymmetric “micro-arc frame” design with a 4.85 mm ultra-thin frame, giving birth to a solid metallic body with the most complicated production process in smartphone history. OPPO has also allowed fans to partake in the R&D and design process of certain …

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R&D is depicted in the smartphones of OPPO, including the R5, which features an asymmetric “micro-arc frame” design with a 4.85 mm ultra-thin frame, giving birth to a solid metallic body with the most complicated production process in smartphone history.

OPPO has also allowed fans to partake in the R&D and design process of certain products, giving them an opportunity to see how they develop their carefully crafted pieces.

OPPO has also forged close partnerships with several top enterprises in the area of R&D and design, such as Qualcomm. OPPO has introduced Qualcomm’s 7×30, 8×55, 8×60, APQ8064, MSM8974, MSM8928, MSM8916, and MSM8939 processors in its products.

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38 production lines produce motherboards with each line producing 7.5 million devices monthly https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/23/38-production-lines-produce-motherboards-line-producing-7-5-million-devices-monthly/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/23/38-production-lines-produce-motherboards-line-producing-7-5-million-devices-monthly/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:00:13 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=634607 Company follows stages of motherboard production with strict tests for produced devices

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Giant production lines established on vast areas where teams of Chinese youth work hard for over nine hours a day to manufacture and test OPPO’s smartphones. Daily News Egypt has recently conducted a tour in the company’s plant in China to learn more about the manufacturing and tests done by the company.

Quality Engineering Lab

This lab is specialized in regularly spot-checking the handsets from the beginning to mass production so as to manage and control the handset quality.

Lab tests can be divided into electrical performance tests, structural tests (destructive, structure-plug), environmental aging test (continuous aging of functional components, adaptability in various environments). The total number of tests is more than 150.

Quality Assurance tests highlights:

Micro drop test: The front and back areas of the handset are thrown from a 7cm height 20,000 times respectively, and the handset is also thrown from the other four sides. Each handset is thrown 42,000 times in total.

Button click test: As the Power and Volume keys are frequently used, they tap each side key 100,000 times with the 1kg force and tap the fingerprint key 1 million times. If consumers click buttons 50 times a day, it will take around 6 years to finish all the 100,000 clicks.

Drop test: The minimum height of the falling handset is 1.0m. The handset will fall from its six surfaces, eight corners, and 12 edges and fall from each surface, corner and edge twice. If the first drop test is successful, they will conduct the second drop test in the same way as the first one and raise the falling height to 1.5m.

Press test: This test simulates a scenario where the user may press the handset in use against a small object (such as a key) and verifies whether the handset is damaged.

Tumble test: Place the handset in it and randomly rotate the roller 75 times at a rotational speed of 3-5 times per minute (equivalent to tumbling from the 1m height 150 times). The four corners of the handset may be bruised to some degree, yet function failure shall not be allowed, and the ornament and shell shall not be detached or cracked. After the test, the handset will be disassembled to verify for signs of internal structural damage.

Rain test: Before conducting the rain test based on the IPX2 waterproofing grade (rainfall 60L/hour, known as moderate rain), they pitch the handset at a 75°angle to any of the four sides. After the test, they wipe the handset clean and verify whether all of the functions are normal. Then, they lay the handset aside for three days to ensure that the water inside the handset evaporates. Finally, they disassemble the handset to verify that the main board BTB and display screen are not corroded.

Salt spray test: They spray the moisture with the salt concentration of 5% onto the surface of the handset and store it in a hot and humid environment (55°C and 95%H). Later, they take the handset out and store it at normal temperature, making it exposed to air. Then, they conduct the complete inspection on the handset.

Environmental work: They place the phones into an extreme high-temp environment of 85℃ for 500 hours. After the test, the functions must be normal and the RF index parameters are within the specified range.

Sweat test: They will prepare artificial sweat, dip a piece of clean cloth in the artificial sweat and wrap the handset with the cloth. Then, they store the handset in a hot and humid environment (55°C and 95%H). 48 hours later, they take the handset out and verify it.

OPPO also tests the handset in various environments with daily necessaries such as drink, coffee, and floral water. The environments are closer to those where the handset is used.

SMT Centre:

Currently, there are 38 motherboard production lines and 25 small plate production lines. The production capacity of each month is 7.5 million motherboards and 25 million sub-boards. Besides, they also have 65 fully measuring and calibration.

After each machine, they have another machine to verify the products produced by the previous machine are qualified. In the mounting line, there are three automatic inspection procedure and one manual inspection procedure to guarantee the welding quality.

The production capacity of each test line is about 10,000 one day, which equals to 2.5 the production capacity of a manual test line.

Assembly Line Workshop of Factory M

The assembly line workshop for handsets is the place where particles of handsets are assembled to be finished products. Up to now, there are total 26 assembly lines in the assembly line workshop.

All the production lines in the assembly line workshop on the third floor are producing R11 and each production line can be divided into 2 segments: assembly segment and testing segment.

OPPO factory operates daily through one shift starting from 8:00 am till 11:00 pm, with two hours of break per day.

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Motorola smartphones available through Sky Distribution https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/21/motorola-smartphones-available-sky-distribution/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/21/motorola-smartphones-available-sky-distribution/#respond Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:00:23 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=634450 The partnership includes providing after-sales services

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Lenovo, through its subsidiary, Motorola, and Sky Distribution announced a strategic collaboration to distribute Motorola smartphones in Egypt through Sky Distribution’s extensive online/offline network across Egypt.

Through this partnership, Egyptian consumers will have wider access to Motorola smartphones and also capitalise on Sky Distribution’s network to ensure a premium after-sales service. Motorola smartphone users will be able to purchase devices from any of the Sky Distribution stores across Egypt’s governorates, or even order them online. The new partnership will help further leverage Motorola’s existing channels of distribution nationwide and increase the brand’s accessibility with Egyptian consumers.

According to a recent report by Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), 88.1% of 25,000 surveyed Egyptian families own mobile phones. The report also indicated that an average of 22.1% of Egyptian families only own smartphones, offering a great opportunity for Motorola devices to penetrate in this emerging market and cater to the different needs of local consumers.

Sharay Shams, General Manager of Mobile Business Group, Lenovo Middle East & Turkey, said that since the re-launch of the Motorola brand in Egypt, they have witnessed a growing demand for their smartphones. “Through strategic partnerships with premium distributors, we are committed to provide consumers with better access to our devices, along with an exceptional after-sales service experience,” he added.

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VictoryLink offers Digital Solutions to help Egyptian entrepreneurs grow their startups https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/16/victorylink-offers-digital-solutions-help-egyptian-entrepreneurs-grow-startups/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/16/victorylink-offers-digital-solutions-help-egyptian-entrepreneurs-grow-startups/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:00:13 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=634047 SMEs reported to contribute 80% to Egypt’s GDP

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VictoryLink, a fully fledged digital solutions company, stands in supporting and advancing Egyptian startups, working with small businesses in various industries, including real estate, transportation, and retail, succeeding to expand their presence, market share, and brand recognition.

Over 30 of VictoryLink’s clients represent Egyptian startups, and so the innovative digital solutions company affirms that more entrepreneurs are relying on smart marketing and advertising solutions to market themselves and launch a business off the ground. Startups are recognising the benefits of digital solutions and relying on them to achieve business objectives, so that, for example, a real estate startup started its implementation of digital services to require 10,000 mobile advertisements, yet in just a few months, it expanded to require 60,000 mobile advertisements and 24,000 location-based advertisement SMSs.

Egypt is becoming a welcoming hub for new businesses and entrepreneurship, and with the current open and empowering market, efficient marketing and advertising solutions are crucial tools to elevating and growing a business during a short span of time.

Based on the 2016 global entrepreneurship monitor report of Egypt, SMEs are reported to have contributed 80% to Egypt’s GDP, cementing the value of entrepreneurs in advancing the nation’s economy. Furthermore, 53.5% of Egyptians perceive that there are promising opportunities to start a firm in Egypt, with 63% of latent entrepreneurs intending to start their own business in a matter of three years. With such data indicating that the Egyptian market is encouraging more entrepreneurs to take risks and launch their ideas, established marketing companies are incentivised to champion startups through economical, productive, and intelligent solutions.

As studies demonstrate that Egyptians spend about 20 hours per week using the Internet, and 64% of online consumers use their smartphone while watching TV, the direction towards adopting digital and mobile marketing techniques is proving more results-oriented.

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Startups in Middle East need investments worth $50m in 2017 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/16/startups-middle-east-need-investments-worth-50m-2017/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/16/startups-middle-east-need-investments-worth-50m-2017/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:30:10 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=634014 16% of the startups in the financial technology sector are from Egypt

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A recent report issued by Payfort showed that the prevalence rate of smartphones in the Egyptian market reached 23%. The rate of bank customers compared to the total population reached 14%, added the report of financial technology in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

According to the report, Egypt is fifth among the spread of smartphones, behind Lebanon, where the prevalence rate of smartphones reached 48%, followed by Jordan, which has a prevalence rate of smartphones by 30%, followed by 27% in Tunisia, 25% in Morocco, 22% in Algeria, and 17% in Iraq.

The report showed a boom in the amount of investments received by startups in the field of financial services technology in the MENA region in 2016 compared to 2015. The number of investment transactions during 2015 reached seven transactions with investments of $15m, while the number of transactions during 2016 reached 10 transactions with investments worth $20m.

Nevertheless, startups are expected haul investments of $50m in 2017. The report is expected to bring the number of startups in the field of financial services technology to 250 companies in the MENA region by 2020.

Moreover, Payfort said that 34% of Egyptian financial service startups offer their services outside Egypt’s borders, putting Egypt in the third ranking after the UAE, in which 44% of startups are also operating outside the borders, and Jordan, where 39% of startups have external operations.

The report also indicated that the international growth in the field of financial technology pushed global startups to expand in the MENA region, noting that there are 20 startups from the US and Europe that offer services in the MENA area.

A survey was conducted by Payfort of business leaders in the MENA region on competition with international companies, showing that 44% of the respondents saw competition as difficult with international startups, whereas 17% saw it as very difficult and 39% felt it was somewhat easy.

According to the World Bank’s 2014 indicators, 63% of small and medium-sized enterprises in MENA cannot access funding, and the gap in financing small and medium-sized enterprises has reached $240bn.

Only 10% of startup companies are actually emerging, while, 43% of investments in emerging companies in 2016, amounting to $61m, went to financial technology companies, according to the report.

Egypt accounts for 16% of the startup companies in the field of financial services technology, after the UAE, which accounts for 29% of emerging technology companies, 14% for Jordan, and 12% for North African countries.

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Xiaomi plans to open 3 sales, customer service centres in September  https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/16/xiaomi-plans-open-3-sales-customer-service-centres-september/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/16/xiaomi-plans-open-3-sales-customer-service-centres-september/#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:59 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=634003 The company aims to expand its after sales services before the end of this year

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Xiaomi Inc., a privately owned Chinese electronics company, will open three sales and customer service centres in Egypt in September in an attempt to expand in the Egyptian market, according to Donovan Sung, the director of product management at Xiaomi.

In an interview with Daily News Egypt, Sung asserted that his company works expanding in the Egyptian market through focusing on price segments higher than EGP 3,000 for smart phones.

Sung added that the company will push its online sales through partnerships with e-commerce websites. Currently, Xiaomi has an agreement with Jumia platform to sell its products online.

What is your strategy in the coming period?

Our strategy in the company focuses on providing quality and sophisticated products to meet customers’ needs in the countries in which we are operating. Our company was launched only seven years ago, so we seek to expand in our services and products.

How did your company spread in such short period? 

Indeed, the spread of our brand in international markets was only three years ago, after our success in the Chinese market. For example, Xiaomi the Indian market, which is very similar to the Egyptian market in terms of culture of consumption and economic conditions, ranked the second in “Off Line” sales while it ranked the first in online sales.

Our online sales in the Indian market reached 40% of total sales, which encouraged us to expand in this market.

What is your market share in Egypt?

It is difficult at this time to determine our market share in the Egyptian market, since we launched our products only two months ago.

Why your company came to the Egyptian market?

Egypt has one of the top 10 mobile markets in the developing world, and we want to benefit from the growing demand in this market to present new and innovative experiences in the field of smart phones.

Our new products (Mi 6) and (Mi Max2) reflect our committed to achieving balance between performance, design and price. We are confident that our strategy will make our products highly desirable by smart phone users in Egypt.

According to studies, the Egyptian market has a large number of “young” users who prefer to communicate constantly via mobile Internet.

Do you have plans to establish a factory in Egypt, especially since the state encourages manufacturers to operate in Egypt in the current period?

The decision to launch a factory or a production line in the local market can not be taken before at least 3 years from our launch in the local market to ensure the market’s need for the production. For example, Xiaomi decided to launch its factory in India after two years of operation, due to the market’s high demand on our products and the good domestic manufacturing conditions in the country.

Do you have plans to enter the technological areas recently launched in Egypt?

Egypt is currently working on the establishment of a number of technology areas in several provinces to be the nucleus for the spread of technology in those areas, but there is no official plans to announce at the moment.

What are your marketing plans for the Egyptian market during the coming period?

In order to spread and compete strongly in the local market, we sell our products almost at the cost price, which will contribute to the spread within the local market. Our marketing strategy is different than other competitors in the market, as we depend on social media platforms which can reach a large segment of users.

Xiaomi was founded in April 2010 by ex-Kingsoft CEO Lei Jun, based on his vision of “Innovation for All”. The company believes that high quality products based on advanced technology should be available for everyone. The company is committed to innovating hardware, software and Internet services to ensure that they meet their customers’ expectations and needs.

Xiaomi is taking into consideration the views and suggestions of customers in the development of its products, which currently include Mi and Redmi smart phones, Mi TVs, IPTV packages, and other Mi products which include smart home appliances and accessories. With its strong presence in more than 30 countries and regions around the world, Xiaomi’s products are expanding into major markets in line with its growing confidence as a world-leading brand.

What is your target customers segment in the coming period in the Egyptian market?

The company will focus on price segments higher than EGP 3,000 for smart phones. We also have announced in collaboration with its distribution agent, Al Safy, to launch the company’s latest smart phones in the Egyptian market; (Mi 6) and (Mi Max 2) to meet the growing demand in the local mobile phone market.

What are your plans in terms of after sales services in the Egyptian market?

We are working to provide good after sales service because it is one of our competitive advantages against competitors, so we are planning to open three after-sales service centres in Cairo by September.

Xiaomi has agreed with Al Safy company to be the main authorized distributor for the company’s products in Egypt. We agreed to provide customer service and maintenance centres to cover customers in most parts of the country. We also aim to open new customer service centres before the end of the year.

Xiaomi also focuses on partnerships with e-commerce sites in Egypt, especially as it pays great attention to online sales. In this context, the company signed an agreement to make its products available via Jumia.

 

What are the biggest markets for Xiaomi?

China, India and Indonesia are the largest markets in which Xiaomi is operating. We will open soon a new centre for research and development in India, in addition to the main centre in China.

Last month, the founder and CEO of Xiaomi, Lei Jun, announced that his company registered a record number of shipments of smart phones, which reached 23.16 million shipments in the second quarter of 2017, up 70% compared to the last year. This achievement is remarkable, since Xiaomi is the only smartphone company in the world that has been able to resume its growth after experiencing a drop in sales.

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Google decides to retire YouTube editor, enhancements to stay https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/09/google-decides-retire-youtube-editor-enhancements-stay/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/09/google-decides-retire-youtube-editor-enhancements-stay/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:01:10 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=633439 Effective 20 September 2017, YouTube’s web-based video editor will be taken offline, as Google has decided to retire it seven years after it was first launched.

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Effective September the 20th 2017 YouTube’s web-based video editor will be taken offline as Google has decided to retire it – 7 years after it was first launched. The announcement that it was going to be retired was somewhat muted and appeared as a post on the YouTube Help Forums.

 

According to the original post the YouTube video editor was being removed due to ‘limited usage’. Since then it has surfaced that less than 0.1% of all YouTube creators actually utilize it, meaning that few people will miss it. The same applies to YouTube’s Photo Slideshows feature, which will be retired as well.

 

The reason for the 2 month ‘grace period’ after the announcement is to let any creators currently using the editor to finish their ongoing projects. Any videos that were already cut together and published using the video editor in the past will not be affected by its retirement, and so its effect should be minimal.

 

It is worth noting that the Enhancements feature in the YouTube Video Manager will remain. With Enhancements, creators can continue to add filters, subtitles, cards, trim, blur, and so on to their videos.

 

In the original post on the YouTube Help Forums, it was also noted that there are many free and paid third-party editing tools available nowadays – and considering the low usage statistics of YouTube’s editor it would seem as if the majority of creators are using them already. That being said any Chromebook users who rely heavily on web-based apps may find the pickings to be slim, as third-party web-based editors are often very limited.

 

At the end of the day if you have been using the YouTube video editor then what this all means is that you should look for a different tool to edit your videos. While there are several third-party editors available as mentioned previously, one option that you may want to consider is Movavi Video Editor.

 

In contrast to many other video editors, Movavi Video Editor adopts an intuitive and user-friendly approach that makes it extremely easy to use – regardless of how much (or how little) prior experience you have. Due to its intuitive design, you should find the transition to be painless and in fact you’ll probably be able to benefit greatly from the numerous features that it provides after you do.

 

Where the YouTube Editor only offered basic editing tools, Movavi Video Editor has a much more expanded scope of features. With its capabilities you’ll be able to tidy up your videos by cutting and joining video segments to merge them together or trim out unwanted footage, while also improving the video quality and fixing any issues with it – such as shaky, blurry, or interlaced images.

 

Additionally you will be able to use Movavi Video Editor to polish your videos and make them look much more professional. Some of the ways in which you could do so are by applying filters and special effects, inserting captions, adding animated transition, and much more. In fact you can even add background music, record and insert a voiceover on the spot, and adjust the audio or apply special audio effects as well.

 

In short you should be able to do far more than you ever could with the YouTube video editor, and your videos will undoubtedly end up looking better and attract more views as a result. All it will take on your part is a few minutes to familiarize yourself with Movavi Video Editor and its features – and then you’ll be able to express your creativity in the videos you come up with.

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Investment of mobile operators in network modernising contributed to readying fourth operator https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/09/investment-mobile-operators-network-modernising-contributed-readying-fourth-operator/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/09/investment-mobile-operators-network-modernising-contributed-readying-fourth-operator/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:00:25 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=633380 TE is well prepared to offer mobile services, says Ellaithy

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In the past few years, the three mobile operators have begun processing their infrastructure to begin offering 4G services and a virtual fourth operator, which conveys a message of reassurance to consumers about the quality of service in the coming period.

The telecommunications expert, Osman Abou-El-Nasr, said that the three mobile companies had been working for a long time to prepare for the fourth-generation services both technically and operationally. “It is assumed that, according to their previous movements in the network modernisation process, they are fully prepared to provide the service and are only waiting to receive the frequency bands,” he said.

He added that the difficult question after investing in their network to prepare for the fourth generation and spend other investments to buy frequencies is whether there is economic feasibility of investment in the fourth generation.

He explained that the economic conditions experienced by the country during the current period is clear to all, and may, therefore, affect the economic feasibility of the investments of companies in the services of the fourth generation, especially as the expense of the Egyptians has largely declined because of the weakness of purchasing power.

Yet, he said that the current infrastructure can handle both 4G services and the fourth operator, Telecom Egypt, noting that modernisation of the networks has developed the overall infrastructure.

Abou-El-Nasr said that TE cannot invest in providing its services virtually because the number of potential subscribers is growing. “The virtual phase should only be a transitional phase, not a permanent solution,” he stressed.

Telecom Egypt’s services for mobile will be offered virtually via the networks of the three other operators, Vodafone, Orange, and Etisalat, through the domestic roaming agreement, which allows TE to use the networks of the three companies. However, TE has only signed one agreement with Etisalat and a memorandum of understanding with Orange.

Vodafone and Orange has recently submitted technical offers to TE to rent a spectrum of their networks in specific locations to provide the mobile services, but TE demanded amending the contracts to include all governorates.

The four telecommunications companies paid the full value of the fourth-generation licences at $1.1bn and EGP 10bn to the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, and are still waiting to receive frequencies.

TE obtained the 4G licence in September 2016 for EGP 7.08bn, of which EGP 5.2bn were paid already—half of the value in local currency and the other half in US dollar. The remaining amount was off on a 4-year instalment period.

The CEO of Linatel Hamdy Ellaithy said that TE is well prepared to offer mobile services, adding that the company is working on the ground to build its own infrastructure so that it does not rely on providing the service as a virtual operator for a long period.

 

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Nokia signs 2 contracts with 2 telecommunications companies in local market https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/09/nokia-signs-2-contracts-2-telecommunications-companies-local-market/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/09/nokia-signs-2-contracts-2-telecommunications-companies-local-market/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:30:53 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=633379 An official source at Nokia Networks in Egypt said that the company is working to provide services to the four mobile operators in Egypt: Vodafone, Etisalat, Orange, and Telecom Egypt. He told Daily News Egypt that the company has recently signed two contracts with two different companies, including Telecom Egypt, to carry out the development …

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An official source at Nokia Networks in Egypt said that the company is working to provide services to the four mobile operators in Egypt: Vodafone, Etisalat, Orange, and Telecom Egypt. He told Daily News Egypt that the company has recently signed two contracts with two different companies, including Telecom Egypt, to carry out the development and construction of mobile networks and infrastructure.

Finnish company Nokia announced in April last year its intention to acquire the French company Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6bn. Under the agreement, the shareholders of Alcatel-Lucent will own 33.5% of the new company, while Nokia shareholders will own 66.5%.

The merger will lead to the formation of a European telecommunications equipment manufacturing group with a value of more than €1bn. Nokia’s market share following the acquisition will reach 35%, putting it in second rank after Swedish giant Ericsson that holds a 40% market share.

According to a previous joint statement issued by the two companies, this merger will reduce the operating costs to €900m by 2019.

The acquisition will also grant Nokia extra power in the mobile network market and will contribute to boosting its global market share and its business size. It will also help provide integrated solutions for its customers of mobile services companies and telecom operators. In addition, it will also support the strength of the teamwork, especially as Alcatel-Lucent is one of the world’s leading telecommunications and networking solutions companies.

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Telecom Egypt is preparing to offer its services via Etisalat network https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/09/telecom-egypt-preparing-offer-services-via-etisalat-network/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2017/08/09/telecom-egypt-preparing-offer-services-via-etisalat-network/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:00:12 +0000 https://dailynewsegypt.com/?p=633375 An official at Telecom Egypt said that the company signed local roaming agreement with a single company in Egypt, Etisalat, next to a memorandum of understanding in principle with Orange. He pointed out that it is possible for TE to offer its services through one network. The source added that the company is currently building …

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An official at Telecom Egypt said that the company signed local roaming agreement with a single company in Egypt, Etisalat, next to a memorandum of understanding in principle with Orange. He pointed out that it is possible for TE to offer its services through one network.

The source added that the company is currently building its own network so that it does not have to operate virtually for a long time in order to ensure expanding using its own infrastructure.

The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has re-allocated fourth-generation frequencies to mobile operators after the three mobile operators refused the terms of the license at the end of September 2016 and re-negotiated with the Ministry of Communications.

After the frequency allocation, Vodafone was granted 5 MegaHZ only for $335m, while Etisalat obtained 10 Megahertz for $535.5m and Orange another 10 Megahertz for a price of $484m.

TE acquired the 4G license for EGP 5.5bn and 15 MHz in bandwidth, in addition for EGP 2.2bn for the license itself, leaving the price of bands at $626.4m and a MHz price of $41.7m.

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