Dr Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, emphasized that the data center industry is an important component of building a digital Egypt, highlighting the ministry’s zeal to provide added value and create an environment that invests in attracts the data center industry. especially in view of the benefits that Egypt enjoys, including its excellent geographical location.
He praised the efforts of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to strengthen the information infrastructure, both locally and internationally, where $ 2 billion has been invested to increase the efficiency of the internet, making Egypt the fastest in Africa in the fixed internet will be, explained. , which points out that the third phase of the implementation of the fixed internet development project aims to increase the speed of the fixed internet The internet, the expansion of the network and the increase of the number of beneficiaries in cities and rural areas.
It came in Dr. Amr Talaat’s speech at the opening of the fourth session of the Future of the Giant Data Center Industry Summit, in the presence of the Ambassadors of Rwanda, Uganda and the Deputy Ambassador of Sudan to Egypt, and Engineer Ghada Labib, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Institutional Development, and Engineer Mohamed Nasr El-Din, Assistant Minister for International Information Infrastructure, and dr. Heba Saleh, head of the Institute of Information Technology, and leaders of a number of large international companies specializing in data centers, cyber security and artificial intelligence, with the participation of representatives of the United Nations Development Program.
► Connect 18,000 government buildings to the fiber optic network
Dr Amr Talaat added that a frequency spectrum has been offered to mobile companies, and work is currently underway to increase the number of mobile towers at the level of the Republic, emphasizing that within the framework of the implementation of the Egypt Digital Network project , 18,000 government buildings are connected to the fiber optic network out of a total of 33,000 buildings. Government services at the level of the Republic to provide public services in a digital format to citizens. A project is also being implemented to expand the fiber-optic network to the towns of the Good Life Initiative, with the aim of providing high-speed Internet services to more than 3.5 million homes in more than 4,500 towns within the three phases of the to provide initiative.
Dr. Amr Talaat reviewed efforts to strengthen the international information infrastructure, where landing stations on the Mediterranean and Red Coast of Bahrain were increased from 6 landing stations to 10 landing stations, and 10 new roads were created between the two coasts of Bahrain to ensure the continuity of the network that transmits data between East and West.
► Completion of the implementation of a project to establish an information road parallel to Al Murshideen Road and start work on two marine cables to transmit the inter-traffic between East and West
He pointed out that the implementation of a project had been completed to establish an information road parallel to the Al Murshideen road to transmit data between the East and the West, and work had also begun on the two submarine cables 2AFRICA and SEA-ME-WE -6 to transfer the interconnection traffic between East and West, which will enter service in 2024 and 2025. The HARP system, which revolves around the African continent to provide internet services to the various countries of the coast of East and West Africa, and from them to the countries of the continent surrounded by the country.
Dr. Amr Talaat explained the efforts made to provide the legislative framework by enacting the law on combating information technology crimes and the law on the protection of personal data, in addition to the regulatory framework for the establishment and operation of data centers the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority; Point out the ministry’s efforts to build digital capabilities in various communication and information technology sciences, especially those related to the data center industry.
Eng Tarek Shabakah, chairman of the board of directors of the Middle East Communications Systems Company (MCS), which organizes the summit for the future of the giant data center industry, confirmed that in its fourth session, the summit succeeded in one of its main objectives, which is to draw the attention of international companies to the status and strength of the Egyptian market and its promising future. He thanked the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and the various bodies of the Ministry for their support and constructive guidance for the conference to come out in a way that fits Egypt’s stature.
On the sidelines of the summit, dr. Amr Talaat held a meeting with a number of major international companies specializing in data center management, storage solutions and cybersecurity, where he reviewed various investment opportunities in the communications and information technology sector, including investment in data centers; Given Egypt’s competitive advantages in this industry.
► Launch of a training program to prepare specialized cadres in the field of cyber security and data centers
Dr. Amr Talaat also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Institute of Information Technology and MCS with the aim of launching a joint training program to prepare specialized cadres in the field of cyber security and data centers.
The memorandum of understanding was signed by Dr. Heba Saleh, President of the Institute of Information Technology, and Eng. Tariq Shabak, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Middle East Communications Systems Company (MCS), in the presence of a number of leaders from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Middle East Communications Systems Company.