Technology – Daily News Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:00:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Best applications to follow 2018 World Cup https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/best-applications-to-follow-2018-world-cup/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/best-applications-to-follow-2018-world-cup/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:54 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=663232 If you want to follow the Russia 2018 World Cup, here are the top three apps to follow the news and schedules of matches, as well as how to watch the World Cup football matches, along with local and international football matches.     1 – La Liga: best app for World Cup     …

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If you want to follow the Russia 2018 World Cup, here are the top three apps to follow the news and schedules of matches, as well as how to watch the World Cup football matches, along with local and international football matches.

    1 – La Liga: best app for World Cup

    The app provides many features:

    Schedules and timetables on different time zones.

    Instantaneous results of the matches to keep up with the games, along with a notifications feature.

    Users can follow league scorers and best players.

    Many lists and tables that are easy to navigate.

    Add favourite teams.

    The app shows you many other tournaments along with the World Cup, including MLS, NASL, USL Pro, Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, and the Champions League.

La Liga app is available for both Android and iOS.

    2 – YallaKora for football, sports news in general

    With over 1m downloads, the Arabic YallaKora app enables users to follow the news of many sports. The app has many features, such as:

        Follow the news of football matches.

        FIFA World Cup and latest news and games.

        Tables, states, for matches and qualifiers.

        Shows Arabic tournament states and news, such as the Egyptian league, along with international leagues.

        Access to any tournament to learn about the latest details.

        There is a section of videos where you can watch the World Cup goals, along with briefing and highlights.

     

    3 – FilGoal for World Cup games

    The app has about 1m downloads with an average rating of 4.5. It is one of the best apps for World Cup followers using Android and iOS.

        App enables users to access the most important tournaments and football news.

        Detailed analyses of the games.

        Instantaneous results.

        Exclusive sports’ news.

        Follow the most important games moment by moment and identify the events that users missed.

        Global and local timetables and schedules.

        Group rankings and World Cup qualifiers.

        The possibility of running alerts for details of goals and substitutions.

        Write, comment, add, and share opinions with other followers from around the world.

    The app is one of the best to follow the World Cup.

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Samsung reduces prices of spare parts https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/samsung-reduces-prices-of-spare-parts/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/samsung-reduces-prices-of-spare-parts/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:30:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=663196 Many smartphone users often suffer from the high cost of repairing phones at certified maintenance centres after the warranty period. Due to the high cost of buying new smartphones, Samsung has lowered the prices of essential spare parts, such as screens and boards. Samsung Egypt revealed the new prices for its smartphone spare parts, after …

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Many smartphone users often suffer from the high cost of repairing phones at certified maintenance centres after the warranty period.

Due to the high cost of buying new smartphones, Samsung has lowered the prices of essential spare parts, such as screens and boards.

Samsung Egypt revealed the new prices for its smartphone spare parts, after a reduction of up to 35%, including spare parts for most models, including screens, motherboards, and glass back.

This came during the company’s new campaign for the maintenance of smartphones throughout Egypt for users whose phones were out of warranty.

The campaign includes the provision of spare parts for 28 models of smartphones at new prices down by 35%, which account for 80% of all Samsung models that are offered without warranty. The new pricing will apply across all Samsung service centres in Egypt.

The prices of phone screens range from EGP 950 to EGP 4,900, while motherboards sold at EGP 1,200 to EGP 5,000. Changing the glass back will now cost between EGP 435 and EGP 660.

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1.1% decline in mobile subscribers, internet market loses 1.2 million customers https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/1-1-decline-in-mobile-subscribers-internet-market-loses-1-2-million-customers/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/1-1-decline-in-mobile-subscribers-internet-market-loses-1-2-million-customers/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:00:52 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=663228 The number of mobile subscribers in Egypt has declined by 1.1% in March, compared to February, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, as the number of mobile subscribers declined from 100.2 million in February 2018 to 99.1 million subscribers in March. On the other hand, the report showed …

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The number of mobile subscribers in Egypt has declined by 1.1% in March, compared to February, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, as the number of mobile subscribers declined from 100.2 million in February 2018 to 99.1 million subscribers in March.

On the other hand, the report showed a decline in the number of internet users from 40.7 million in February 2018, recording 39.5 million in March. This means that the number of internet customers is decreasing by a rate of 1.2 million in just one month.

According to the report, the number of internet users through mobiles declined from 32.1 million in February 2018 to 31.5 million in March.

As for USB modem internet users, their number declined from 3.2 million in February to 2.5 million in March 2018.

Meanwhile, the number of fixed-line Internet subscribers (ADSL) increased to 5.5 million in March 2018 compared to 5.4 million in February.

The report revealed an increase in the number of users of fixed lines by 630,000. The number of landline users increased from 6.6 million in February to record 7.2 million in March 2018.

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Vodafone attracts 228,000 new customers on expense of Etisalat, Orange https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/vodafone-attracts-228000-new-customers-on-expense-of-etisalat-orange/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/vodafone-attracts-228000-new-customers-on-expense-of-etisalat-orange/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:30:00 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=663225 The mobile market has seen a decline in the number of mobile subscribers in March, as the market lost about 1.2 million users in that month, taking the total number of subscribers from 100.2 million in February to 99.1 million in March 2018. Despite the decline, Vodafone managed to attract 227,800 new customers, making it …

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The mobile market has seen a decline in the number of mobile subscribers in March, as the market lost about 1.2 million users in that month, taking the total number of subscribers from 100.2 million in February to 99.1 million in March 2018.

Despite the decline, Vodafone managed to attract 227,800 new customers, making it the only company among the three mobile companies that are mentioned in the report issued by the Telecommunications and Ministry to see a growth in the number of subscribers.

The number of Vodafone’s subscribers increased from 42.9 million in February to 43.1 million in March 2018.

According to the report, Orange lost about 591,800 customers in March.

The number of Orange’s subscribers declined from 33.2 million in February to reach 32.6 million in March 2018.

Etisalat Misr was the company to lose the largest number of subscribers in March, as it lost about 706,300 subscribers.

The number of subscribers in Etisalat Misr declined from 21.3 million in February to 20.6 million in March.

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Uber adjusts service prices after fuel price hike https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/uber-adjusts-service-prices-after-fuel-price-hike/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/uber-adjusts-service-prices-after-fuel-price-hike/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:00:12 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=663221 Uber Smart Transport Company changed its pricing on Monday and announced the new pricing system. In a text message to its “drivers partners,” Uber said that the company’s work is to provide a safe, secure, and an appropriate means of transport for all, anytime and anywhere. “Uber works best when drivers and passengers benefit. Hence, …

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Uber Smart Transport Company changed its pricing on Monday and announced the new pricing system.

In a text message to its “drivers partners,” Uber said that the company’s work is to provide a safe, secure, and an appropriate means of transport for all, anytime and anywhere.

“Uber works best when drivers and passengers benefit. Hence, after the increase in gasoline prices, we must change prices to help partners maintain their benefit from driving with Uber,” the message read.

The company concluded the message by saying, “we believe in the importance of transparency and we are working to find suitable solutions for passengers and drivers partners.”

Here are all the prices of Uber in Cairo, Alexandria, Delta, Hurghada, Mansoura, Tanta, Damanhour, Zagazig, and the north coast.

Cairo

 

uberX

SELECT

SCOOTER

Base

7EGP

10EGP

3EGP

Per km

2.3EGP

2.9EGP

1.3EGP

Per min

0.3EGP

0.5EGP

0.2EGP

Minimum fare

10EGP

15EGP

5EGP

Alexandria

 

uberX

SCOOTER

Base

6.5EGP

3EGP

Per km

2.3EGP

1.55EGP

Per min

0.3EGP

0.25EGP

Minimum fare

10EGP

5EGP

 

Delta

 

uberX

Base

6EGP

Per km

2.1EGP

Per min

0.3EGP

Minimum fare

10EGP

 

North Coast

 

uberX

Base

15EGP

Per km

2.55EGP

Per min

0.75EGP

Minimum fare

25EGP

 

 

 

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NTRA refutes rumours on recharge cards price increase https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/ntra-refutes-rumours-on-recharge-cards-price-increase/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/ntra-refutes-rumours-on-recharge-cards-price-increase/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:30:56 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=663212 An official source at the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) spoke to Daily News Egypt and denied any increases in the prices of mobile recharge cards, due to recent increases in energy prices. This came in response to rumours spread through social media about raising the prices of cards after the fuel prices were increased …

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An official source at the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) spoke to Daily News Egypt and denied any increases in the prices of mobile recharge cards, due to recent increases in energy prices.

This came in response to rumours spread through social media about raising the prices of cards after the fuel prices were increased by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.

The Ministry of Petroleum had raised fuel prices by 17.5-67% on different products.

Diesel and gasoline 80 prices increased by EGP 1.85 to reach EGP 5.5 from EGP 3.65, marking an increase of about 51%.

Gasoline 92 prices were also hiked by 35% rising from EGP 5 to EGP 6.75.

The decision was debated on social media platforms as many objected, while others were indifferent.

Meanwhile, the price of gasoline 95 increased from EGP 6.6 to EGP 7.75, rising by 17%. The highest hike was for the butane cylinders for household and commercial use, rising by 66.5% and 67%. The former is now sold at EGP 50, up from EGP 30, while the latter is tagged as EGP 100, rising from EGP 60.

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Telecommunications companies are restructuring packages https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/telecommunications-companies-are-restructuring-packages/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/telecommunications-companies-are-restructuring-packages/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:00:02 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=663208 Increasing financial burden on consumers cuts their spending on mobile services: Ellaithy

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A number of officials in the telecommunications sector believe that the mobile market will be the most affected by raising fuel prices and increasing electricity prices during the current period.

They believe that increasing the burden on consumers will limit their spending on mobile services. Meanwhile, a number of mobile companies are currently restructuring the prices of their packages after the changes took place in the market.

An official at a telecommunication company said that cutting fuel prices will impact the productivity on operators.

The official said that mobile companies study the costs periodically, noting that they are now considering the impact of the price increase to restructure their packages.

For his part, an official at Etisalat Egypt said that the mobile companies will be most affected by raising electricity prices for commercial use rather than hiking fuel prices.

He noted that the company is now studying the cost of the price increases to calculate the cost of the services they offer.

CEO of Linatel and board member of the Chamber of Information Technology and Communication, Hamdy Ellaithy, said that the mobile market growth will be limited due to increased financial burdens on clients.

He pointed out that the mobile market was hit several times in a short period, starting with the EGP 50 development fee on mobile lines, increasing electricity prices, and then hiking fuel costs.

He said that consumers will cut their spending on telecommunication to pay for their basic needs.

The Ministry of Petroleum had raised fuel prices by 17.5-67% on different products.

Diesel and gasoline 80 prices increased by EGP 1.85 to reach EGP 5.5 from EGP 3.65, marking an increase of about 51%.

Gasoline 92 prices were also hiked by 35% rising from EGP 5 to EGP 6.75.

The decision was debated on social media platforms as many objected, while others were indifferent.

Meanwhile, the price of gasoline 95 increased from EGP 6.6 to EGP 7.75, rising by 17%. The highest hike was for the butane cylinders for household and commercial use, rising by 66.5% and 67%. The former is now sold at EGP 50, up from EGP 30, while the latter is tagged as EGP 100, rising from EGP 60.

Inflation is expected to rise on a monthly basis by 3.3-3.5% in July, then down to 2.5% in August and 1% in September.

Inflation rates on the annual basis will also rise, projected to score 12-13.5% in the coming months then settle at 13% by the end of the year.

The approval of the government to raise the prices of petroleum products will lead to the disbursement of the fourth tranche of the International Monetary Fund loan of $2bn, in accordance with the economic reform programme, in addition to achieving an initial surplus balance of the current fiscal year.

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Lenovo exits smartphone market in Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/lenovo-exits-smartphone-market-in-egypt/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/20/lenovo-exits-smartphone-market-in-egypt/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:00:25 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=663173 Lenovo has left Egypt’s smartphone market, according to an official from Nile Engineering Group, an agent of Lenovo. The official said that Lenovo advised they exited the smartphone market in Egypt and terminated the agency contract. Daily News Egypt contacted Yasser Shaheen, director of Lenovo Egypt, and he said he left work at the company …

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Lenovo has left Egypt’s smartphone market, according to an official from Nile Engineering Group, an agent of Lenovo.

The official said that Lenovo advised they exited the smartphone market in Egypt and terminated the agency contract.

Daily News Egypt contacted Yasser Shaheen, director of Lenovo Egypt, and he said he left work at the company in April. He refused to comment or confirm the news, saying he could not speak on their capacity now.

Another Nile Engineering Group official also said that the company has exited the market in Egypt and terminated the other agent contract with China’s ZTE, noting that JoVi Tronix will not offer Lenovo and ZTE after-sales services.

Lenovo was ranked fourth in terms of smartphone market share in Egypt, as estimated in May.

The company’s shares increased 0.7% in May, rising from 6.9% in April to 7.6% in May.

According to StatCounter, Samsung’s market share of total mobile sales in Egypt declined from 39.7% in April to 38.6% in May—the company’s lowest share in over two and a half years.

Despite the fall, Samsung still held the market’s largest share in May.

Samsung continued to be one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in Egypt in terms of market share in May.

Meanwhile, Huawei retained its second-place rank, increasing its market share by 1%, scoring 14.8% at the end of May, up from 13.9% in April.

Apple followed in third, losing 1% of its share and falling to 9.3% in May from 10.7% in April.

Meanwhile, iPhone sales declined from 13.7% in February to 10.7% in March, losing 2% of the market share in one month.

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OLX launches Buy Used Items campaign to cope with price hikes in Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/13/olx-launches-buy-used-items-campaign-to-cope-with-price-hikes-in-egypt/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/13/olx-launches-buy-used-items-campaign-to-cope-with-price-hikes-in-egypt/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:00:54 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=662544 iPhone is most searched keyword, says OLX

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The predicament that faces Egyptian families today is how to purchase high-quality products at affordable prices. With global price increases for raw materials, more people are opting to buy used products as an ideal solution to fulfil their needs in an affordable manner without squandering their resources. To that end, OLX announced the launch of its Buy Used Items campaign to encourage Egyptians to buy used furniture and home appliances.

In order to tackle the increasing prices in the Egyptian furniture market, OLX prioritised the development of its furniture and home appliances sections to make it easier for sellers to display their products and for buyers to easily browse through all displayed items at affordable prices.

In addition, OLX seeks to provide Egyptian families with smart solutions to buy new home belongings at the cheapest prices on the market, by providing a price comparison between 10 new home appliances versus used ones sold on OLX.

Home appliances

Item

Price of new product (in EGP)

Price on OLX (in EGP)

Television

3,850

2,900

Refrigerator

8,535

7,000

Microwave

3,000

2,000

Cooker

4,000

2,600

  

Furniture

Item

Price of new product (in EGP)

Price on OLX (in EGP)

Living room

10,000

6,000

Dining room

9,270

4,200

Sofa

3,441

1,150

OLX noted that the purchase of used furniture on OLX helps Egyptian users save about 39% of the total price. In addition, selling used furniture on OLX offers extra cash, more space, and allows for better change.

Dina Gobran, general manager of OLX Egypt, said that the idea of buying used products and commodities is popular in developed societies. She added that buying and selling on OLX provides Egyptians with the opportunity to buy what they require and simultaneously save money, effort, and time.

The used furniture and home appliances categories are two of the most popular sections on OLX. The platform witnessed a 40% increase in the number of people listing items for sale in those two categories compared to the same period of last year, which reflects a change in the purchasing trends of Egyptian consumers and a transformation towards more economic and practical thinking.

During the holy month of Ramadan, OLX revealed that the most searched keywords in the second-hand items were iPhone, living room, Nokia, saloon, Samsung, dining room, and closet.

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Millensys launches unified e-health platform https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/13/millensys-launches-unified-e-health-platform/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/13/millensys-launches-unified-e-health-platform/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:30:11 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=662540 Millensys launched its unified e-health platform at an event attended by a number of healthcare, technology, and other sectors’ officials, including Nagwa El Shennawy, head of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s central office of information; Mohamed Shedid, managing director of Eitesal; and Tamer Mohamed, general manager of the Chamber of Information Technology and …

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Millensys launched its unified e-health platform at an event attended by a number of healthcare, technology, and other sectors’ officials, including Nagwa El Shennawy, head of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s central office of information; Mohamed Shedid, managing director of Eitesal; and Tamer Mohamed, general manager of the Chamber of Information Technology and Communications.

They were updated on the company’s vision; the future role it plans to play in Egypt’s healthcare system, in line with the state’s visions; and the goals set by the bodies and entities concerned with the process of development in the related sectors.

With a mission of essentialising the role played by communications and information technology in enhancing the performance of all sectors, the company is making Egypt a pioneering model that emulates unique regional experiences and achieves unbounded progress towards a promising future.

   

Millensys entered the market, domestically and internationally, in 2008 and has a long record of technology and healthcare solutions in more than 35 countries. Further recent achievements include its unified e-health platform, the most popular platform among healthcare providers, which facilitates patient file management, distant monitoring of patients, filing electronic health records (EHR), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) that helps manage invoices, accounting, warehouses, and human resources for healthcare providers.

Medical technology applications for hospitals, healthcare centres, radiology centres, as well as technology solutions and software for private business in all sectors, are among several packages of services provided by Millensys. The company was named, by Klas Research, the best picture archiving and communication system (PACS) in the Middle East for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017).

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Samsung Galaxy S9 tops smartphone sales in Egypt in April https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/13/samsung-galaxy-s9-tops-smartphone-sales-in-egypt-in-april/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/13/samsung-galaxy-s9-tops-smartphone-sales-in-egypt-in-april/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:00:59 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=662532 According to recent research by Market Pulse Counterpoint Research, Samsung Galaxy S9 became the world’s best-selling smartphone in April, while Apple’s iPhone X declined to third place. Xiaomi continued its unexpected sales rates, occupying two spots in the world’s best 10 selling smartphones, as Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Redmi Note 5 (5 Plus) came in …

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According to recent research by Market Pulse Counterpoint Research, Samsung Galaxy S9 became the world’s best-selling smartphone in April, while Apple’s iPhone X declined to third place.

Xiaomi continued its unexpected sales rates, occupying two spots in the world’s best 10 selling smartphones, as Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Redmi Note 5 (5 Plus) came in the sixth and eighth spots. It was the first time that Xiaomi achieved two positions on the list of top 10 selling phone models. Xiaomi has grown rapidly in China and India, due to its low price, compared to competing brands.

According to the report, the Samsung Galaxy S9 series accounted for 5.2% of smartphone sales in April, including 2.6% for the S9+ and 2.6% for the S9.

The iPhone X accounted for 2.3% of smartphone sales in April, ranking third among the best-selling phone brands.

The iPhone 8 Plus came in fourth place with a market share of 2.3%, followed by the iPhone 8 with a market share of 2.3%.

The Redmi 5A accounted for 1.5% of smartphone sales, ranking sixth in April.

The iPhone 6, meanwhile, seized 1.4% of global smartphone sales to become the seventh best seller in April.

The Redmi 5 Plus (Note 5) came in eighth place with a 1.4% market share.

The iPhone 7 also accounted for 1.4% of market sales, ranking ninth, while Samsung’s Galaxy S8 came in 10th place with a market share of 1.3%.

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Best-performing brands in Ramadan 2018 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/13/best-performing-brands-in-ramadan-2018/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/13/best-performing-brands-in-ramadan-2018/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 07:30:12 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=662536 A report issued by Mintrics on the best-performing brands across four sectors in Ramadan placed Vodafone at the top of the telecommunications sector, while Pepsi topped fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), Mountain View the real estate sector, and Banque Misr the banking sector. According to the report, Vodafone has the highest number of Facebook and YouTube …

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A report issued by Mintrics on the best-performing brands across four sectors in Ramadan placed Vodafone at the top of the telecommunications sector, while Pepsi topped fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), Mountain View the real estate sector, and Banque Misr the banking sector.

According to the report, Vodafone has the highest number of Facebook and YouTube videos, as well as the most views on both Facebook and YouTube.

Pepsi received the highest engagement rate and the lowest number of videos, making it the most interactive across all sectors on Facebook and YouTube, followed by Orange.

By comparing three brands that published video content on Facebook and YouTube since the beginning of Ramadan (Telecom Egypt, 57357 Hospital, and EG Bank) to the three most viewed brands (Etisalat, Vodafone, and Orange), the report reflected that Telecom Egypt published 1.2 times more videos than Vodafone and Etisalat combined, but realised only one-sixth of their views.

Etisalat, meanwhile realised the same engagement rate as 57357 Hospital, but with 60% fewer videos.

According to E3langy, these results show that audiences are more interested in good content rather than a large number of videos, as the companies with fewer videos but better content had better performance compared to companies with more videos but subpar content.

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One Global eyes expansion in Egyptian market https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/13/one-global-eyes-expansion-in-egyptian-market/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/13/one-global-eyes-expansion-in-egyptian-market/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:30:21 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=662507 Government's digital transformation offers new investment opportunities, says Al-Gebaly

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One Global, a company specialised in digital innovation and financial technology services, started to develop a new strategy for its operations in the Egyptian market to provide value-added services within the government’s financial inclusion and digital transformation plans, said Ahmed Al-Gebaly, its CEO.

Al-Gebaly added that One Global’s strategy in the Egyptian market seeks to cooperate with all vital sectors, government agencies, businesses, and companies to implement the financial inclusion system. It also aims to expand in providing fintech services, which characterise the company regionally and internationally.

He pointed out that the Egyptian market has many attractive factors, notably the state plan for digital transformation and Egypt’s Vision 2030, as well as the government’s investment incentive packages. These factors gave confidence to investors to enter into partnerships and agreements that contribute to improving the financial coverage sector.

Al-Gebaly added that the most important feature of One Global is that it offers its products and services via an advanced technological method based on innovation and simplification rather than complexity, noting that One Global has five research and development centres, including in Kuwait, Jordan, India, and Egypt.

Al-Gebaly said that his company welcomes cooperation with large institutions in the Egyptian market through its platforms and applications. He stressed that One Global is a complementary partner in the field of financial inclusion and digital transformation, not a competitor. The group is working on mobile health, finance, tourism, and content.

He added that digital transformation is not only related to the payments and financial sectors, but also connected with the health, education, tourism, transport, and other sectors.

Al-Gebaly stated that One Global has a technological healthcare platform, specifically vaccinations for children, which serves about 17,000 children in Kuwait. It includes comprehensive medical history files of the children since birth, and it will soon be launched in Egypt through a legislative framework and the application of legal governance standards adopted by international institutions.

One Global was granted a large number of international certificates in the field of data protection and quality, most recently the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certificate for the second consecutive year. The PCI DSS is an information security standard for organisations that handle branded credit cards from the major card companies. Besides its head office in Kuwait, One Global has many branches in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the US, and the Arabian Gulf.

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Mobile market braces for worst after imposing of development fee https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/07/mobile-market-braces-for-worst-after-imposing-of-development-fee/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/07/mobile-market-braces-for-worst-after-imposing-of-development-fee/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:30:17 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661993 TE is most affected by decision, says Ellaithy

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A number of officials in the telecommunications industry said they expect a negative impact on the market after the Egyptian Parliament passed the development fee bill on mobile lines and consumption bills.

An official at one of the mobile companies was surprised that the government and parliament considered mobile services a recreational service, while no fee was imposed on other goods and services, such as alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, or other services and recreational goods.

The official said that the prices of mobile lines currently do not exceed EGP 20 on average, which curbs the sales of all four mobile operators to 1m SIM cards per month. “Increasing the price to EGP 70 will reduce sales even more,” he added.

He questioned the role of the minister of communications and information technology in such decisions and his role in protecting the mobile industry.

He confirmed that sales rates will decline significantly after the implementation of the decision to raise the prices of mobile lines.

He also emphasised the impact of the decision on customers’ consumption rates, especially for a wide range of users of the post-paid service.

“If a client used to pay EGP 500 per month, they will have no problem paying EGP 510, but clients paying EGP 40 will not want to pay EGP 50, as amounts increase by 25%,” he said.

Hamdy Ellaithy, CEO of Linatel, said that the decision to impose development fees will have a negative impact on market growth.

He believes that Telecom Egypt will be the most affected by the decision because it is the newest player in the mobile market and needs to achieve sales to be able to compete with the other companies.

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Uber, Misr El Kheir cooperate to repay debtors’ dues https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/uber-misr-el-kheir-cooperate-to-repay-debtors-dues/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/uber-misr-el-kheir-cooperate-to-repay-debtors-dues/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 09:00:56 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661730 Company to support reunion of 45,000 families before Eid Al-Fitr

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Uber Egypt announced a partnership with Misr El Kheir Foundation to contribute to the latter’s debt repayment charity this Ramadan. Donations will be made through the application; for every ride taken through the app, Uber will donate to support Misr El Kheir’s target to release 45,000 debtors from jail this month.

The initiative, also known as Gharmeen Redemption, is one of Misr El Kheir’s most popular. Through the partnership, debts will be repaid to help get debtors out of jail.

Abdellatif Waked, general manager at Uber Egypt, commented on the initiative saying it is important for Uber to play an active role in giving back to the cities and communities the company serves, especially during the month of Ramadan.

“This year, through our partnership with Misr El Kheir, we are using the Uber technology to raise awareness about the debt repayment cause, and to pay the debts on behalf of the gharimaat (debtors), so that they can celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with their families,” he added.

The Ramadan initiative falls under the UberGiving umbrella—Uber’s annual programme to give back to the community by connecting to a charity initiative through its technology.

During Ramadan 2017, Uber partnered with the Egyptian Food Bank to help break the fast of those in need every day during the holy month.

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Khebrat launches technology solutions for developers, engineering consultancy offices based on BIM 360 software https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/khebrat-launches-technology-solutions-for-developers-engineering-consultancy-offices-based-on-bim-360-software/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/khebrat-launches-technology-solutions-for-developers-engineering-consultancy-offices-based-on-bim-360-software/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:30:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661727 As a partner of Autodesk International, the world leader in 3D design in all engineering fields, particularly architecture and construction, the company Khebrat is offering a range of technology solutions that stimulate real estate developers and engineering consultants to expand their services and enhance their competitiveness in terms of digital transformation in management and follow-up …

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As a partner of Autodesk International, the world leader in 3D design in all engineering fields, particularly architecture and construction, the company Khebrat is offering a range of technology solutions that stimulate real estate developers and engineering consultants to expand their services and enhance their competitiveness in terms of digital transformation in management and follow-up implementation in all phases of real estate projects, according to Ahmed El-Khatib, CEO of Khebrat, a specialist in providing technical solutions in the design, implementation, and management of real estate projects.

El-Khatib said that his company relies on its partnership with Autodesk to help real estate developers and engineering consulting offices maximise the benefits of the new generation of Autodesk BIM 360 software, a suite of cloud services that facilitates the design process of real estate projects from concept to the flexibility of making amendments to the implementation and completion, in order to ensure timely delivery of projects and required quality.

In addition, the services ensure the absence of mistakes during implementation, especially in mega real estate projects carried out by the largest developers in the local market, which helped Khebrat acquire the largest share of the Egyptian market in providing such technological solutions.

He added that these technological solutions will provide access to the data or documents of any project and follow-up, as well as make any changes at any time and from anywhere, through applications for computers or smartphones, allowing all levels of administrative developers to provide real-time monitoring and solutions for any emergency that occurs during the phases of a real estate project, while also saving time and cost in the implementation of mega or small real estate projects alike.

The technological solutions also provide a range of advantages, including the ability to meet project expectations in terms of schedule and sustainability, as Autodesk BIM 360 can help entrepreneurs, engineering service providers, and contractors access, integrate, and analyse data more comprehensively to increase productivity and improve the way they plan, design, implement, and manage these projects.

“The great advantage of our technology solutions is to provide a more comprehensive and accurate view of the project. The use of Autodesk BIM 360 can speed up the assessment of alternatives and create simulations in order to obtain approvals as quickly as possible,” El-Khatib said, adding that they can also improve the communication between the project team, manage data, track quality, verify compliance with international standards and specifications, document all phases of the project, and take advantage of them in any future projects.

Moreover, Autodesk BIM 360 also allows design, implementation, delivery, and project management to work in parallel, saving time and effort on such projects, and providing all employees on a project with an automatic mechanism for communication between all administrative and operational contacts within each organisation according to their specialties, including project cost and implementation rates. It also provides a range of applications to help decision-makers make sound decisions in a timely manner.

Founded in 2005, Khebrat has reflected the Egyptian identity in providing a range of state-of-the-art technology solutions to real estate developers, engineering consultants, and contracting offices through its strategic partnership with Autodesk International, and it has been a golden partner for more than 12 years. Since then, the company has succeeded in providing a positive image of an Egyptian company able to meet the needs of all companies operating in the real estate sector, both in the local market and at the regional level.

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Parliament approves cybercrimes law https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/parliament-approves-cybercrimes-law/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/parliament-approves-cybercrimes-law/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:15:22 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661846 A plenary session of parliament, chaired by Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, approved the cybercrimes law on Tuesday. Parliament rejected a proposal to amend the second and 24th article during the discussion. After the debate, Abdel Aal announced a final vote on the bill, after which he announced the house’s approval, with a single rejection. The …

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A plenary session of parliament, chaired by Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, approved the cybercrimes law on Tuesday. Parliament rejected a proposal to amend the second and 24th article during the discussion.

After the debate, Abdel Aal announced a final vote on the bill, after which he announced the house’s approval, with a single rejection.

The bill aims to achieve a balance between combating the illegal use of computers and information networks and protecting the data, information systems, and networks of the government or any public legal person from compromise, penetration, tampering with, damage, or disruption in any form. It also stipulates legal protection of the privacy guaranteed by the constitution, and not to disclose or eavesdrop on personal information except by reasoned judicial order.

Moreover, the bill also regulates the procedures for blocking websites. It grants the concerned investigative authorities the right to order the blocking of a site or several, links, or content, whenever technically possible, when there is evidence that a site is broadcasting, domestically ore abroad, any words, numbers, images, films, or any form of propaganda material, or the like thereof, which is considered a crime under this law, constitutes a threat to national security, jeopardises the security of the country, or its national economy.

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Xiaomi ranks 3rd in world mobile sales in May https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/xiaomi-ranks-3rd-in-world-mobile-sales-in-may/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/xiaomi-ranks-3rd-in-world-mobile-sales-in-may/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:00:04 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661724 Xiaomi ranked third on the list of the world’s top smartphone sellers during May, following Apple and Samsung, the global smartphone market share of which fell slightly last month to 30.15% from 30.7% in April. Despite the decline, Samsung continued to dominate global sales. According to a report by StatCounter, Apple ranked second in terms …

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Xiaomi ranked third on the list of the world’s top smartphone sellers during May, following Apple and Samsung, the global smartphone market share of which fell slightly last month to 30.15% from 30.7% in April.

Despite the decline, Samsung continued to dominate global sales.

According to a report by StatCounter, Apple ranked second in terms of smartphone market share, accounting for 18.9% of market sales in May versus 19.2% in January, a rise of 0.5%.

For the first time, Xiaomi surpassed Huawei in the market share ranking, reaching 7.1% in May, up from 6.2% in April.

Huawei came fourth in terms of smartphone sales, with a market share of 6.5% in May compared to 6.2% in April.

China’s Oppo ranked fifth with a 4.1% market share in May, up from 3.9% in April.

Meanwhile, LG maintained its market share of smartphone sales in May at 3.1%.

Motorola, owned by Lenovo, declined in the world market share ranking of smartphones, falling to 2.8% in May from 2.4% in April.

Nokia was ranked last among the world’s top smartphones sellers with a market share of 1.5% in May, down from 1.7% in April.

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Apple slips to 41% of tablet sales in Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/apple-slips-to-41-of-tablet-sales-in-egypt/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/apple-slips-to-41-of-tablet-sales-in-egypt/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:30:12 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661721 Apple’s tablet market share slipped to 41.13% of device sales in May compared to 47.13% in April, bringing the company’s market share down 6%. According to a StatCounter report, Samsung followed on the list with a share of 39.2% of market sales in May, up from 34% in April, marking a growth of 5%. According …

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Apple’s tablet market share slipped to 41.13% of device sales in May compared to 47.13% in April, bringing the company’s market share down 6%.

According to a StatCounter report, Samsung followed on the list with a share of 39.2% of market sales in May, up from 34% in April, marking a growth of 5%.

According to the report, Tecno came in third with a 2.6% market share in May, up from 2.1% in April, while Lenovo came in fourth, inching up to 1.1% from 1% in April.

In fifth came Alcatel with a market share of 0.94% in May, down from 1.12% in April, followed by Sony with 0.18% in May, falling from 0.12% in April.

Other brands collectively accounted for 11.6% of tablets sales at the end of May.

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Nokia sells 79m devices in 80 countries: Nokia Egypt general manager https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/nokia-sells-79m-devices-in-80-countries-nokia-egypt-general-manager/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/06/nokia-sells-79m-devices-in-80-countries-nokia-egypt-general-manager/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:00:46 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661710 Tamer ElGamal, general manager of Nokia Egypt, said that during 2017, the company adopted a strategy to provide the most up-to-date technology to users, including in screens and ease of use, along with better cameras and large batteries. On the sidelines of Nokia’s launching ceremony for a number of new products, ElGamal said that the …

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Tamer ElGamal, general manager of Nokia Egypt, said that during 2017, the company adopted a strategy to provide the most up-to-date technology to users, including in screens and ease of use, along with better cameras and large batteries.

On the sidelines of Nokia’s launching ceremony for a number of new products, ElGamal said that the company sold about 79m devices worldwide through 270,000 points of sale across 80 countries. He added that the company injected investments of over $100m to realise profits of $200m in 2017, noting that Nokia has 600,000 partners globally.

ElGamal said that Nokia’s partnership with Raya in Egypt has boosted the companies’ outlets to 2,000 in the country, with an eye on a larger leap.

Nokia plans to be one of the top five smartphone makers in the world within five years, after adopting the Android operating systems in its smartphones two years ago when HMD acquired it.

HMD, the developer of Nokia phones, announced the arrival of the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 1, and Nokia 8110 4G models to Egypt. The devices will be available at retail stores this month.

The phone maker earlier this year announced the launch of those phones during the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The new smartphones offer the superlative and powerful craftsmanship expected in Nokia phones, and provide pure, smart, and secure Android experiences to keep pace with the latest updates.

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Sico exports first Egyptian-made mobile shipment to UAE https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/05/sico-exports-first-egyptian-made-mobile-shipment-to-uae/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/05/sico-exports-first-egyptian-made-mobile-shipment-to-uae/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 19:20:16 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661734 Egyptian Silicon Industries Company (Sico), Egypt’s first mobile phone manufacturer, today released its first mobile phone shipment from its new plant in Assiut Technology Park en route to the United Arab Emirates. The chairperson of the company, Mohamed Salem, said that the plant does not target the local market only, but also foreign markets, especially …

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Egyptian Silicon Industries Company (Sico), Egypt’s first mobile phone manufacturer, today released its first mobile phone shipment from its new plant in Assiut Technology Park en route to the United Arab Emirates.

The chairperson of the company, Mohamed Salem, said that the plant does not target the local market only, but also foreign markets, especially Arab and African ones. The company succeeded in exporting over 1,000 devices during the first phase, after receiving the approval of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

Salem added that the devices manufactured at the company’s factory in Assiut were met by demand in the UAE, noting that the devices’ efficiency, high capabilities, product quality, and competitive prices contributed to receiving the TRA’s approval.

“The plant is currently operating efficiently. We will continue with our plans to expand internationally and export to Arab and African countries in the coming period. The success in the Egyptian and the UAE markets will lead us to continue to export abroad in the coming period,” he added.

He said that his company is going to sell its product according to the company’s strategy in the local market and is proceeding at a steady pace. He pointed out that Sico has sold more than 200,000 devices so far since the launch of its units in Egypt in February.

Sico is targeting sales of approximately 1.5m units in the Egyptian market during the first year of sales. He said that his company is currently producing 50,000 units per month through its new factory in Assiut Technology Park.

Sico officially launched its products in the Egyptian market in February, offering eight models of the first Egyptian-made mobile phones.

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi officially opened the Sico plant in Assiut in December during the Cairo ICT 2017 conference. The plant is on an area of 4,500 sqm, which houses 500 employees, technicians, and engineers. The factory was built with investments of EGP 500m.

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Least viewed ads in H1 Ramadan https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/05/least-viewed-ads-in-h1-ramadan/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/05/least-viewed-ads-in-h1-ramadan/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 18:00:36 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661709 Companies rolled out their advertising campaigns for the month of Ramadan, which often sees strong competition among different companies, whether they are providing services or products. Daily News Egypt examined data on the least viewed advertisements in the first 15 days of the holy month, according to E3langi. Least viewed ads on Facebook Despite the …

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Companies rolled out their advertising campaigns for the month of Ramadan, which often sees strong competition among different companies, whether they are providing services or products.

Daily News Egypt examined data on the least viewed advertisements in the first 15 days of the holy month, according to E3langi.

Least viewed ads on Facebook

Despite the creativity of Carrier and Nescafe’s advertisement campaigns this season, they have been the least viewed on Facebook, with 2.3 million and 1.8 million viewers respectively.

Carrier’s advertisement last year has been viewed 4 million times.

Least shared ads on Facebook

The least shared advertisements on Facebook were those of Tornado and 57357 Hospital.

Although the latter was viewed by 4 million people on Facebook, it was shared only 132 times, while the Tornado ad had only 48 shares.

Least viewed ads on YouTube

On YouTube, the El Garhy Steel released an advertisement which was described as the most creative this year. However, it was viewed by only 400,000 users. EG Bank also missed the mark this season compared to last Ramadan.

On the other hand, the E3langi report said that last week’s survey about the most viewed telecommunications company advertisements raised a question: after watching the advertisement of (….), what are the chances of trying that product or service? More than 50% of the participants answered, “I will not try it at all“.

Etisalat topped that list with 81%, while Vodafone came second with 55%, and Orange recorded 63%.

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Smartphone market share in May 2018 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/02/smartphone-market-share-in-may-2018/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/06/02/smartphone-market-share-in-may-2018/#respond Sat, 02 Jun 2018 12:38:06 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661337 Nokia leaves list, Oppo joins

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The market share of Samsung smartphones in Egypt fell in May by 1%.

According to StatCounter, Samsung’s market share of total mobile sales in Egypt declined from 39.7% in April to 38.6% in May—the company’s lowest share in over two and a half years.

Despite the fall, Samsung still held the market’s largest share in May.

Samsung continued to be one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in Egypt in terms of market share in May.

Meanwhile, Huawei retained its second-place rank, increasing its market share by 1%, scoring 14.8% at the end of May, up from 13.9% in April.

Apple followed in third, losing 1% of its share and falling to 9.3% in May from 10.7% in April.

iPhone sales declined from 13.7% in February to 10.7% in March, losing 2% market share in one month.

Lenovo came in fourth on the list in terms of share of smartphone sales.

The company’s share increased 0.7% in May, rising from 6.9% in April to 7.6% in May.

Infinix came in fifth with a slight growth in sales from 6.4% in April to 6.9% in May.

Oppo ranked sixth after acquiring a market share of 3.6% in May, up from 3.1% in April.

HTC fell to seventh on the list.

Moreover, Tecno Mobile came in the eighth spot, its market share gaining a slight increase, taking 2.5% of the total market in May.

Nokia left the ranking in May and was replaced by Sony, which was estimated to have 1.9% market share in May.

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Infinix launches Hot 6 Pro in Egypt https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/30/infinix-launches-hot-6-pro-in-egypt/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/30/infinix-launches-hot-6-pro-in-egypt/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 09:00:23 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661112 Infinix launched its new smartphone, Hot 6 Pro, in Egypt, featuring a six-inch screen with an 18:9 ratio, in addition to a 13-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel front camera. It also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 4000 mAh battery. The Hot 6 Pro launched in Egypt in partnership with the local e-commerce giant …

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Infinix launched its new smartphone, Hot 6 Pro, in Egypt, featuring a six-inch screen with an 18:9 ratio, in addition to a 13-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel front camera. It also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 4000 mAh battery.

The Hot 6 Pro launched in Egypt in partnership with the local e-commerce giant Souq, owned by Amazon, at a competitive price of EGP 2,789.

The Hot 6 Pro comes with a high-speed dual camera targeting emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. It is primarily aimed at young people aged 15-25 years old. The device operates on Android 8.0 (Oreo). The device is balanced in terms of performing several tasks.

The Hot 6 Pro is a great addition to the Hot series. The smartphone is aimed at researchers, young people, and those passionate about advanced technology. Young people will get more creative during the summer as they use this dynamic and beautiful device to take distinct photos.

Hot 6 Pro specifications

Network: 4G, dual nano SIM card

Operating System: Android 8.0 (Oreo) Hummingbird XOS 3.2

Display: 6-inch widescreen with 18:9 ratio

Dimensions: 160.43 x 76.21 x 8.6 mm

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz Quad-core

Battery: Unremovable 4000 mAh

Memory:  16/32 GB RAM and 2/3 GB ROM

Sensors: Fingerprint, Facial recognition, Gyroscopes

Camera: Primary 13MP + 2MP, f/2.0, autofocus

Video: 1080p at 30 frames/second

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Bekia will take your waste, give you food, metro tickets, school supplies, medicines https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/30/bekia-will-take-your-waste-give-you-food-metro-tickets-school-supplies-medicines/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/30/bekia-will-take-your-waste-give-you-food-metro-tickets-school-supplies-medicines/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 08:00:26 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=661090 First platform trading waste for commodities

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Bekia is a term we have been familiar with in Egyptian cultural heritage. It indicates old, unused items that are often dumped in garbage bins.

Over the past several years, Egypt has suffered from a rubbish problem, and is still suffering from the lack of separation of waste materials and their abundance on roads.

Egypt annually produces about 22bn tonnes of waste and the government cannot deal with that waste effectively, which represents a social problem.

Opportunities arise from the womb of suffering. A group of Egyptian youth decided to look between the folds of crisis for opportunities.

Alaa Afifi, co-founder of Bekia, decided to launch a platform to trade waste that can be recycled with commodities and foodstuffs.

For waste like empty plastic bottles, people can get bags of sugar or rice, metro tickets, or even medicines and household items.

Bekia plans to expand its market outside Egypt next year, its co-founder told Daily News Egypt in an interview, the transcript for which is below, lightly edited for clarity.

What is your full-time job?

I am currently a product manager at an e-commerce company in Egypt, alongside my company, which I founded almost a year ago.

How did you come up with the idea of ​​creating the Bekia platform?

Bekia is the first barter platform to replace waste that can be recycled with goods and products that we use in our daily lives.

We started the launch of the Bekia platform in May 2017, before which we conducted market research and studies for six months in the Zabaleen (Garbage Men) district to learn about the process of recycling electronic waste and what waste is valuable and how to benefit from the waste.

Our goal from the beginning at Bekia was to exploit the problems existing in Egyptian society and turn them into investment opportunities.

The problem of garbage is one of the major problems experienced by different governments, and we saw a great investment opportunity.

We came to the idea of ​​the platform in August 2016. We followed up with the workers in the Zabaleen district to learn details about investment in garbage.

But we had a problem—the extent to which the population accepted the general idea of ​​using a website for the disposal of waste, and we found a solution only after the flotation.

In November 2016, when the currency was floated, commodity prices rose dramatically and household spending on food doubled, giving us a good chance to overcome the problem of pushing people to use the platform.

We decided to link the delivery of recyclable waste to basic commodities to encourage people to use the platform to dispose of waste.

Can you further explain that point?

The concept is very simple. If you have recyclable waste, such as used oil, plastic bottles, paper, or electronic waste, you can record that on the platform for the system to evaluate them and grant you points that can be used to buy other commodities. A member of the Bekia team then communicates with the user to carry out the exchange.

Anyone can replace waste with goods through simple steps across the platform:

Here is how it works:

1. Separate each of the “bekia” items.

2. Visit www.bekia-egypt.com and chose a suitable time for you and chose the bekia you have and want to exchange.

3. Wait for our visit at the time you specified, and we will bring your goods.

Alaa Afifi, co-founder of Bekia

When did you officially start your business?

We started our activity officially in May 2017 and began covering six areas in greater Cairo: Zamalek, Dokki, Mohandessin, Agouza, Manial, and Ard El-Lewa.

These areas are close to our storage in Ard El-Lewa to cut the costs of transportation.

In the first two months from the start of our operation, we did not receive a single request.

How many people are working with you?

At first, there were two of us as co-founders, now we have five. In the coming period, we will employ more people to help our expansion plans.

How did you overcome the problem of people not responding to the idea?

During the first two months, there were not requests. We worked to improve the system and leased a car. We also launched a Facebook ad campaign to promote the car’s location, which we changed every week, so that clients could come and exchange their desired waste for commodities.

What did you achieve a year after your company started?

Currently, we are located in 16 areas in greater Cairo. We have about 2,600 customers and have conducted 7,000 replacements. We managed to get rid of 60 tonnes of waste.

What goods can customers obtain in exchange for waste?

There are more than 40 items that customers can obtain in exchange for waste, including dairy, pasta, rice, sugar, oil, flour, water, vinegar, tuna, and even Nescafé.

Since last week, we have allowed the replacement of waste for metro tickets. In the next few days, we will be replacing waste for school supplies.

We have now reached the final stages of negotiations with a company in the field of medical services so that customers receive a discount coupon on doctor bookings through that company in exchange for waste.

Why did you opt for the barter system instead of giving users money for the waste?

The financial value that the customer will receive for the delivery of waste will be low and discouraging. But getting the goods that can be used daily encourages them to exchange waste. We also have deals with hypermarkets to obtain goods at lower prices, which means that clients can get the goods cheaper than market value.

The main objective of the Bekia platform is to improve people’s lives by helping them to safely dispose of waste and to obtain added value from their waste.

What new things should we expect in your service?

In the coming days, we will allow customers to exchange their waste for medicines. We have also been able to buy a private car for the company, so that daily collection and exchange of waste will be easier.

How will you earn revenue from your business?

At the beginning, we were making big losses because there was no return. But now we are making revenue. Currently, we are working to breakeven between expenses and revenues.

But the profit is dependent on reaching a critical number of clients so that revenues can offset spending. We are working in the coming period to improve the service, and to disseminate a recycling culture among more people.

What is the fate of the waste you collect?

At first, we used to deliver the waste to the waste recycling plants, but now we are trying to repair some of the electronic waste we receive and resell it.

What is the amount of waste you have collected?

We plan to reach 500,000 tonnes by the end of the year. In two years, we plan to establish a recycling factory so that we can be self-dependant throughout the entire process.

How much investments have you made so far?

Currently, we have invested over EGP 500,000, all through self-financing.

Do you have plans to raise investments?

We already have plans for investments to support our business, but not for the time being. Most of the investors we talked to have set impossible conditions and wanted large stakes of the company for little money, which is unacceptable to us. We have confidence in our service’s growth.

How do you identify what waste can be replaced by points?

We have an accounting system in the platform that changes daily by changing the price of a certain commodity in the market. There is an estimate of the prices of the replaced waste. The system can then estimate points for waste and match them with goods points.

We determined the price of waste based on our market study.

What is the most common waste?

Plastic bottles are the most replaceable type of waste and the least valuable, as every 80 bottles equal a kilogram of plastic.

What is the most valuable waste?

Used oil and electronic waste.

What is the most common commodity users receive instead of waste?

Pasta, noodles, milk, rice, and salt.

Why did you choose the waste market to invest in?

At the beginning, we explained that we are looking into problems to find investments. Garbage is one of the main problems facing Egyptian society. There are 22bn tonnes of waste produced in Egypt every year. This highlights the importance of the market.

Do you have plans to expand beyond Egypt?

We are planning to enter new markets with our services and, therefore, we are considering expanding into a new market starting next year. We are currently studying two markets to choose one to enter.

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14% growth in ICT sector in Q1 2018 https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/29/14-growth-in-ict-sector-in-q1-2018/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/29/14-growth-in-ict-sector-in-q1-2018/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 14:30:18 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660995 Yasser El-Kady, minister of communications and information technology, said that the ICT sector achieved growth rates of 14%, year-over-year, at the end of the first quarter of this year. He added that the achieved growth was 9.5% for the communications sector and 4.5% for the information technology sector. He pointed out that last fiscal year, …

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Yasser El-Kady, minister of communications and information technology, said that the ICT sector achieved growth rates of 14%, year-over-year, at the end of the first quarter of this year.

He added that the achieved growth was 9.5% for the communications sector and 4.5% for the information technology sector. He pointed out that last fiscal year, the sector took the lead of the country’s economic growth, pushed by the investments of companies and the communication licenses issued by the government.

El-Kady explained that by the end of 2020, Egypt’s digital transformation will be announced after the implementation of the strategy to digitise the country, pointing out that by the end of 2019, all government services will be offered electronically.

“We are in discussions with our partners from international companies and institutions to activate the implementation of this important strategy, especially since that the ICT sector has become the common denominator in the development of any other sector after the completion of the process to provide 4G services,” he said. He also added that Egypt is encouraging e-industries. “Now, there exists the first mobile phone to be manufactured in Egypt and challenges were turned into opportunities,” the minister said. “There are strong trends towards manufacturing tablets. We have international companies that continue to support the government to manufacture electronics.”

“The support the sector receives from the state’s leadership is great. The sector is promising and is one of the most important sectors and the main engines of the national economy. It has achieved leaps in the growth rates over the past two years by up to 12.5%. This is unprecedented growth. It also contributes to the GDP by over 3.5%. The sector achieved exports worth $3.26bn, with an over $1.7bn increase,” the minister added.

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ElBalto: Healthcare app connecting patients, doctors, caregivers https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/elbalto-healthcare-app-connecting-patients-doctors-caregivers/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/elbalto-healthcare-app-connecting-patients-doctors-caregivers/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 17:43:09 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660459 ElBalto, a mobile-based platform, was launched by a startup aiming to transform healthcare through connecting patients, doctors, and caregivers. The co-founder and CEO of the company, Mahmoud Abdalla, explained that receiving medical assistance in non-emergency cases often meets unneeded hassles and obstacles, such as traffic jams, doctor cancellations, or no-shows He added that in Egypt’s …

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ElBalto, a mobile-based platform, was launched by a startup aiming to transform healthcare through connecting patients, doctors, and caregivers.

The co-founder and CEO of the company, Mahmoud Abdalla, explained that receiving medical assistance in non-emergency cases often meets unneeded hassles and obstacles, such as traffic jams, doctor cancellations, or no-shows

He added that in Egypt’s case, with more than 98.87m mobile subscribers, ElBalto would allow patients to consult an accredited doctor online using a mobile application and communicate either via voice or video call.

Furthermore, the app would also have an option to request or schedule a home visit. “We make sure to stay as close as possible to our clients, putting their needs and feedback at the heart of our decisions. The services we offer are meant to make their lives easier and more comfortable”, said Abdalla, also adding that ElBalto is making sure to attract the best healthcare professionals out there (doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, and nurse aids), guaranteeing the quality as well as reliability of ElBalto.

On the other hand, Chief Marketing Officer Shahinda Samir explained that given the growing need for accessible, easy, and reliable healthcare,  it will not take long for users to get used to this new way of seeking healthcare.

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Most important quality criteria at Samsung maintenance centres https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/most-important-quality-criteria-at-samsung-maintenance-centres/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/most-important-quality-criteria-at-samsung-maintenance-centres/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 07:30:27 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660244 Samsung is the largest smartphone maker in Egypt and the world. The company held 39% of smartphone sales in the Egyptian market at the end of April. Its control over a large share of smartphone sales increases the number of phones in maintenance services compared to the rest of the companies, given Samsung’s large market …

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Samsung is the largest smartphone maker in Egypt and the world. The company held 39% of smartphone sales in the Egyptian market at the end of April. Its control over a large share of smartphone sales increases the number of phones in maintenance services compared to the rest of the companies, given Samsung’s large market share.

In this report, Daily News Egypt reviews the most important criteria that Samsung ensures are available in its maintenance centres in order to offer the best service possible to its customers.

1- One-hour repair

Samsung started implementing the one-hour repair vision in 2012. In 2015, 35% of phones it received were repaired in only one hour. Now, the ratio of phones repaired in only one hour is 80% in Cairo and Alexandria.

2- Measurement indicator

Samsung has an indicator to measure the repair rate of its devices. The indicator can identify the devices that were maintained more than once in 30 days. Samsung has set a maximum limit of phones that should be returned to maintenance centres within 30 days of their first repair, in accordance with the company’s quality standards. The limit is 2.5%.

3- Sufficient spare parts

Samsung has spare parts available in the warehouses of its maintenance centres, sufficient for each centre. Additionally, there are spare parts in the main warehouse sufficient for a period of three months.

4- Short distance

The distance between a technician and the spare parts they will be using is not to exceed one metre, in order to avoid wasting time and ensuring the speed of the maintenance process.

5- Spare parts available before product launch

Samsung is committed to providing spare parts for the new products in its warehouse nearly a month before launching the phone model.

6- Evaluating the performance level of technicians

Samsung measures the performance of its centre and its consumption rate of screens and other spare parts.

7- Opinion polls

Samsung conducts polls to explore the opinions of customers and understand more details on their experiences with repairing their phones

Samsung currently has 24 main maintenance centres across Egypt. It also has several mobile customer service and maintenance centres.

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Weelo offers cloud-based delivery platform that digitises orders, delivery https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/weelo-offers-cloud-based-delivery-platform-that-digitises-orders-delivery/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/23/weelo-offers-cloud-based-delivery-platform-that-digitises-orders-delivery/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 06:00:24 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660237 Company has 4,000 customers, more new users every day, says Asfour

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A new cloud-based delivery system is now in town. Weelo connects customers to its nearest partner supermarkets, and the users can then shop using the app available on Google Play and the App Store. While the biggest challenge facing the new company is gaining the trust of the supermarkets themselves, Weelo already has some 4,000 users and is growing.

Mohamed Asfour, fouder and CEO, and Sophia Korayim, co-founder and COO, spoke to Daily News Egypt about their initiative, their experience and their future plans.

Can you start by explaining to us what Weelo is and what services it offers?

Korayim: Weelo is a new cloud-based delivery platform that helps supermarkets digitise the order and delivery process. Through the Weelo application, we connect customers to the nearest Weelo partner supermarkets. Our partner supermarkets receive technology that helps them streamline their order and delivery process. They also receive access to dashboard and analytics, back office, and customer support, and they receive a real-time inventory management system. Weelo helps digitise traditional supermarkets, chains, and hypermarkets so they can access online customers.

Sophia Korayim, co-founder and COO,

How can customers purchase through the Weelo application?

Asfour: You can download Weelo on Google Play or the App Store in both English and Arabic versions. With Weelo, customers can browse thousands of products from the app on their smartphone from their nearest supermarket, select the groceries they want, and place an order from the comfort of their homes. Once the order is ready, Weelo drivers deliver to our happy customers in 45 minutes.

Are you buying from certain stores or from stores chosen by the customer?

Korayim: Weelo connects its customers to the nearest supermarket through geo location technology. Customers will receive their orders from a selected Weelo partner supermarket that is closest to their area so customers can receive their order in 45 minutes.

How many customers are currently online?

Asfour: We have 4,000 customers and more new users every day. We are also proud to announce that Weelo is currently featured in the App Store in Egypt this week under “New Apps We Love”. We are honoured and extremely proud that our app was selected by Apple. Each week, the local App Store editors determine the best—and most relevant—apps for their specific users. By having humans choose the apps, Apple ensures that the featured apps will be the ones most likely to appeal to local users. This accomplishment validates our technology as well as recognises that our app has an excellent user experience for our customers.

Did the demand for your services increase due to the month of Ramadan?

Korayim: Ramadan is always a busy month. We have peak times before iftar and mainly on weekends.

Do you fulfil purchases and deliveries to any place in Egypt?

Asfour: We currently deliver to residents of New Cairo in Al Yasmeen, El Banafseg, and Al Rehab areas; residents of Sixth of October in El Motamayez District, 7th district, 1st district, 2nd district, Bashayer, andSheikh Zayed. Weelo also delivers to the following compounds: Beverly Hills, Khamayel, Zayed 2000, El Mohandessin, Palm Hills, and more. We will be launching in new areas during Ramadan, covering the Third and Fifth Settlements in New Cairo. By the end of the year, we aim to expand our service throughout Cairo and Giza.

What are the most important features of your future plans?

Korayim: We plan to include personalised shopper services, as well as online payment and e-wallet functionality. We also plan to introduce a Weelo web-based platform as well as build an AI assistant to enhance customer engagement.

Mohamed Asfour, fouder and CEO

Are there plans to get investments to finance your future expansions?

Asfour: We are currently seeking interested investors and venture capital firms to help us achieve our expansion plans over the coming 18 months.

Have you received offers for your acquisition?

Korayim: We have had positive responses and feedback from potential investors in the startup ecosystem and we are currently in talks with a few investors, some of which we are negotiating terms.

What are the most important challenges you have faced?

Asfour: One of the biggest challenges we faced was gaining trust from supermarkets. Lately, retailers all over the world have been showing great interest in online shopping or e-commerce and many supermarkets are searching for the best approach to maintain their reputation in providing the best shopping experience for their customers. Weelo shares this vision with our partner supermarkets and aims to help them achieve these goals. In doing so, we are able to provide the largest selection for our customers and deliver in 45 minutes.

You are involved in helping students in Egypt benefit from Marj3. Can you explain this

experience to us?

Mohamed Asfour, fouder and CEO, and Sophia Korayim, co-founder and COO

Korayim: Weelo currently delivers in two main locations in Egypt: New Cairo and Sixth of October. These areas are populated with university students and, interestingly enough, we have found that many of them are our customers. They mainly order late night snacks, sweets, and dinks that they need delivered in 45 minutes. We wanted to help give back to these students and support them through a fun competition. So we launched the Great Grocery Giveaway Competition’in partnership with Marj3. Any student enrolled in university living in New Cairo or Sixth of October could enter the competition to win thousands of Egyptian pounds in cash to help them buy groceries. We wanted to support them while they are enrolled at universities. In the future, we plan to offer Weelo scholarships and many more initiatives to help student activities. The future of Egypt is in its youth.

Have you launched initiatives to support student activities? Can you tell us about them?

Asfour: Weelo also supports many other student activities in various universities in Egypt. Weelo proudly announces its partnership with Enactus Misr University For Science and Technology (MUST) and MUST Medical Students’ Association – MUST International Research Congress as part of the Weelo ambassadors initiative that supports the students activity scene in universities by giving them a real opportunity to compete in the market and bring their skills to action.

Weelo also offers multiple opportunities available for students and fresh graduates. Our undergraduate internship programme allows students to learn an assortment of functions and they can benefit from learning beyond the classroom when they gain hands-on experience. Based on successful performance and the talent needs of our business, interns may have the opportunity to become full-time Weelo employees.

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Telecom Egypt’s EISCC buys MENA-SCS for $90m https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/21/telecom-egypts-eiscc-buys-mena-scs-for-90m/ https://dailynewsegypt.com/2018/05/21/telecom-egypts-eiscc-buys-mena-scs-for-90m/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 13:29:29 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=660038 Telecom Egypt has announced that its 50% subsidiary, the Egyptian International Submarine Cables Company (EISCC), has completed an agreement with Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (OTMT) for the purchase of OTMT’s shareholding in Middle East and North Africa Submarine Cable System (MENA-SCS) for a total value of $90m. The transaction aims to be concluded …

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Telecom Egypt has announced that its 50% subsidiary, the Egyptian International Submarine Cables Company (EISCC), has completed an agreement with Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (OTMT) for the purchase of OTMT’s shareholding in Middle East and North Africa Submarine Cable System (MENA-SCS) for a total value of $90m. The transaction aims to be concluded in 60 days, after the fulfillment of all conditions.

Telecom Egypt had said on 10 May that its board of directors approved the acquisition, to be financed through a shareholder loan from Telecom Egypt. The EISCC’s financial advisers included KPMG and First Capital Financial Advisory, while Al Tamimi & Co and ALC Law Office were the legal advisers and Metel ICT the technical adviser.

The decision to acquire MENA-SCS is part of Telecom Egypt’s strategy to achieve a short-term return from this investment and preserve the revenue stream of the submarine cable systems. MENA-SCS is licensed in Egypt and Italy to operate a submarine telecommunications system connecting Europe to the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The new cable system will fortify TE’s network offering to the maximum number of routes between India and Europe, as well as add a new gateway to Europe through Italy.

Ahmed El Beheiry, managing director and CEO of TE, said that the acquisition of MENA Cable is an important step in the company’s strategy that will enhance the company’s marine cable business and raise its US dollar-denominated revenues.

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