Mobile subscribers down 2 million for first time in Egypt

The number of mobile phone subscribers fell by millions  for the first time in Egypt ever in August, according to the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA). 

The total number of mobile phone subscribers in Egypt was down by nearly 1.9 million amounted to 95.5 million, compared with 97.4 million in July 2014.  

This brings the mobile penetration rate in the country to some 114.5 percent, compared to nearly 120 percent a year earlier.

NTRA has announced  recently the hcancellation of more than 5.5 million mobile line, without data to its users, and these lines were used indiscriminately and are now  out of service.

This cancellation came due to rising security concerns of the state after that wave of militant attacks that followed  overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July  2013

Some people have more than one mobile phone, and the number also includes foreigners residing in Egypt.

Meanwhile, the number of Internet subscribers rose by 4 percent  in August to 46.3 million from 44.5 million in July.

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