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    Dr. Kamel Inaugurates New ICT Projects in Alexandria

    Alexandria, 26 July 2009

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Alexandria Governor General Adel Labib inaugurated on Alexandria's National Day a number of new information and communication technology (ICT) projects in the governorate.

    Dr. Kamel and Governor Labib began their inaugural tour at the governorate premises with meeting the public and executive leaderships of Alexandria where the minister gave a speech demonstrating several ICT-related issues, services and the latest key achievements in this domain.

    Moreover, Dr. Kamel presented the phases of carrying out the tracks of the Egyptian Information Society Initiative (EISI) in cooperation with ministries, agencies and bodies in a bid to turn Egypt into an information-based society. 

    Following the meeting, Dr. Kamel, General Labib and Telecom Egypt Chairman Eng. Aqil Beshir commenced the 310 square-meter customer service center at Gleem Exchanges Center after being upgraded. The renovation process cost about LE 1.5 million.

    The center offers the public a variety of services including local and direct phone calls, phone bill inquiries and collection, prepaid phone cards and pin code provision. TE Data and Vodafone Egypt provide diverse services through the center.

    A total of 62 exchanges centers are available in Alexandria with the capacity of about one million and 307,000 lines. All the centers are open to respond to landline installation requests. The phone density in Alexandria reached 26.4%.

    Investments in telecom in the governorate during the time from October 1999 to end of 2008 amounted to about LE 1027 million. The future plan for communication projects in the governorate encompasses an increase in the exchanges capacity and landline networks to meet the growing need there.
    In addition, the plan involves the finalization of a CDMA network that covers Alexandria via 42 base transceiver stations (BTS) at an 87474 line-capacity.

    The landline service has been delivered to more than 62786 subscribers till now. The service delivery to subscribers in remote areas where it is hard to install ground networks is underway.

    A total of 4797 public phones and 47 communication centers and offices in addition to private ones are available to serve the governorate.

    In other developments, Dr. Kamel and General Labib, accompanied by Egyptian National Post Organization (ENPO) Chairman Eng. Alaa Fahmy, inaugurated the new Borg El Arab post office after being upgraded and equipped with 15 computers. The office offers all postal and financial services like immediate money orders, saving accounts, current golden and silver accounts and international express mail.

    The 360 square meter office, divided as a post office and a distribution section, facilitates all modern financial and postal services through 15 service shops. It cashes more than 500 pensions and involves 4987 saving account clients.

    The post office provides several other community services such as the issuance of birth and death certificates, marriage documents and the national ID.

    About 16 employees and workers work at the office, which operates from 9 am – 9 pm to meet the increasing demands of the public, especially at the time of cashing pensions.

    The Borg El Arab postal zone includes 57 post offices, operating through 489 employees. The number of saving accounts in the zone reached 352615. Also 568312 pensions are cashed through the offices, 6927 of them are delivered to the beneficiaries' homes.

    Meanwhile, Minister Kamel, together with Governor Labib and Dr. Ekram Fathy, Senior Advisor to Communications and IT Minister for Human Resources Development and Training, commenced the technology club at the new Borg El Arab youth club.

    The club has been supplied with 11 computers connected to high-speed internet.

    The total number of technology clubs in Alexandria now accounts to 97 clubs with a total of 1382 computers. It is planned to establish five new IT clubs.

    Technology clubs are carried out nationwide in cooperation with civil society organizations, youth centers, Egyptian universities, cultural centers and other entities to spread the culture of IT usage among all age groups.

    A total of 1928 technology clubs have been established so far all over Egypt, about 300 every year based on the plan of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

    Such clubs offer the required mechanisms and tools for spreading IT usage, especially in high populated areas where it is difficult to facilitate these technological services.


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