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    ICT Projects Inaugurated in Gharbeya

    Gharbeya, 31 May 2007

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel and Gharbeya Governor General El-Shafei El-Dakroury opened today the Mahala Mrhoum Central, comprising a total of 8,000 telephone lines and costing 20 million Egyptian pounds, expected to reach 10,000 by end of year.

    This came as part of Kamelís visit to the governorate, during which he met with a number of officials. Dr. Kamel outlined in his meetings the progress made in executing the governmentís plan to spread Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services throughout Egypt and in Gharbeya in particular.

    Kamel also gave a briefing about the development of Egyptís ICT industry and services and the current human resources development projects in the field.

    Since 1982 about a billion pounds of investments have been pumped into the communications infrastructure in Gharbeya, Kamel said. Half of this amount was channeled into the communications infrastructure of the governorate since the establishment of MCIT in 1999. By the end of this year, the governorate will have 96 centrals comprising 663,760 telephone lines.

    Gharbeya telephone subscribers amount to 544,000, putting the telephone subscription rate in the governorate at 13.6%.

    Telecom Egyptís CEO, Akil Beshir gave a presentation in which he outlined the development of the companyís services in Gharbeya over the last five years. He added that the company will invest further 50 million pounds to enhance its services in the governorate.

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