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    ICT, Youth Ministers, Cairo Governor Discuss AFCON Final Arrangements

    Cairo, 2 April 2019

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat met today with the Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy and Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal, to follow up on the work progress and final arrangements in the stadiums that will host the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) due to be held in Egypt next June.

    During the meeting, the technical preparations in Cairo International Stadium were reviewed. Telecom Egypt (TE) will link all the hosting stadiums through a fiber optic network with the telephone exchanges, to provide a special coverage of high quality communication and Internet services inside stadiums.

    In addition, the infrastructure needed for TV broadcasting will be provided by linking the stadiums with the Radio and Television Union (Maspero) through a network of fiber optic cables, for a high-definition TV broadcast. Furthermore, negotiations are under way to establish a WI-FI network in the stadiums in the main cabin, the VIP and VVIP areas, and the press box, ensuring a broadband Internet access in these areas.

    TE support systems and networks are based on fiber optic technology that provides broadband and high-speed Internet services, and high-quality communication services, allowing the accommodation of a huge number of fans in the stadiums. This, accordingly, will enhance the stadiums technically, as these preparations are one of the main pillars of the success of hosted sports events.

    The ICT and Sports Ministers had an inspection tour in Cairo Stadium including the football pitch, stairs, media center, and other facilities.

    These periodic follow-ups are in line with Egyptís keenness to host AFCON 2019, as work proceeds by leaps and bounds, under the continuous follow-up of Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly, said the Sports Minister. He highlighted that this major African event will have a great impact at all levels, especially as it coincides with Egyptís chairmanship of the African Union (AU).

    Sobhy added that work is under way to complete the development and maintenance works in the hosting stadiums and courts, including the Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez, and Ismailia Stadiums. This is in addition to Cairo International Stadium that will host the opening ceremony of the 32nd edition of the championship, including 24 national football teams for the first time, divided into six groups.

    On his part, Talaat referred to the coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in the framework of synergizing the state efforts for hosting AFCON in Egypt next June, in a way that reflects Egyptís image and leading position, in conjunction with its AU chairmanship. He added that the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) will provide the needed technical support.

    The meeting was attended by Deputy Cairo Governor Ibrahim Saber, Cairo Stadium Authority Chairman Ali Darwish, Acting Executive President of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Mustafa Abdul Wahid, Associate ICT Minister for Networks and ICT Infrastructure Hossam El-Gamal, and TE CEO and Managing Director Adel Hamed.

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