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NTRA studies cutting ADSL prices when speed upgraded

Tue, Aug. 1, 2017
CAIRO – 1 August 2017: The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) is currently studying reducing ADSL internet service prices, NTRA executive head Mostafa Abdel Wahed said on Monday.

The measure will be considered when the least broadband internet speed is upgraded to 4MB/second by the end of 2017, Abdel Wahed told Egypt Today.

The state owner of telecommunications infrastructure Telecom Egypt will improve the efficiency of landlines in order to offer faster internet services to subscribers.

Around 47 percent of current ADSL lines are providing 4 MB/second speed, while 53 percent reach 16 MB/second, according to the Ministry Communication and Information Technology.

Last week, the Ministry of Finance applied the value-added tax (VAT) on the prices of internet ADSL services by 14 percent starting from July 2017, the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center said.

However, state-owned news agency MENA reported earlier this month that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will set a new four-percent increase in the ADSL internet prices which will be applied as of September.

New internet prices to be introduced after the full application of VAT will come as follows:

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New internet prices- Infographic by Ahmed Hussein
 
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