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    New Communications Projects Inaugurated in Helwan

    Helwan, 19 August 2008

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Helwan Governor Dr. Mohammed Hazem al-Quwaidhi inaugurated today a number of communications and postal projects in the governorate. 

    Dr. Kamel and Governor al-Quwaidhi began their inaugural tour at the governorate premises conducting a meeting with the public and executive leaderships of Helwan where the minister gave a speech demonstrating several issues pertaining to information and communications technology (ICT) services and the latest key achievements in this domain.

    Dr. Kamel also presented the phases of carrying out the Egyptian Information Society Initiative (EISI) tracks in cooperation with the Egyptian ministries, agencies and bodies in a bid to turn Egypt into an information-based society. 
     
    Dr. Kamel, Dr. al-Quwaidhi and Telecom Egypt Chairman Eng. Aqil Beshir inaugurated the Integrated Sales Center of Maadi (Satellite Center) in Helwan. The building, which cost LE three million, occupies a 650 square-meter space.

    The center offers communications services to the public including extra features, phone bills inquiries and payments, landline installment, pre-paid communication cards and pin code services. TE Data offers ADSL services through the center. Vodafone Egypt provides a variety of mobile services at the center like selling lines, credit charge services and mobile sales.

    The building contains a commercial relations hall and a sales department that receives the applications of the Maadi 1 and Maadi 2 exchanges centers.

    The Helwan communications services witnessed incremental leap in the past ten years. The governorate includes 32 phone exchanges centers open to immediate receipt of landlines sign-up requests.

    The centers’ subscribers’ base reached 468,335 with a 27.3% density, while the number of international communications circuits reached 34,580 ones. The land network capacity in Helwan is 787,430; also 143 public service phones and 21 public communications centers and offices are now available in addition to private ones.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Kamel, Dr. Al-Quwaidhi and Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Chairman Eng. Alaa Fahmy commenced three post offices. The first is Saf Al-Balad post office that costs about LE 500,000. The first floor of the two-storey premises is being used as a distribution zone serving citizens through eight outlets.

    Minister Kamel, Governor Al-Quwaidhi and Eng. Fahmy also inaugurated Helwan Al-Hamamat post office after being renovated. A total of 23 employees and workers provide the different postal services through ten outlets through morning and evening shifts.

    In addition, the office facilitates pension services to the Helwan residence. A total of 6,080 pensions are being received there. The office's financial section includes 99,000 saving accounts.

    In another development, Dr. Kamel and Dr. Al-Quwaidhi inaugurated Maadi Post Complex after being upgraded to serve Maadi residents with a total renovation cost of one million Pounds. First of its kind model in Egypt, the 600 square-meter complex marks the first inauguration of an incorporated compound for postal services that includes developed halls offering all kinds of postal services. It includes 155,000 savings accounts and serves 12,087 pensioners.

    The experience will be studied and evaluated to be replicated in highly populated areas. The complex's 47 employees and workers offer community, financial and postal service to citizens through 27 outlets in morning and evening shifts.

    These inaugurations comes as part of Egypt's post strategy targeting an increase in the number of postal offices nationwide to reach 10,000 by 2012 so as to realize meeting the international standards in this domain and increasing national outreach. A total of 3600 post offices currently operate nationwide.


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