Indicative evaluation of making digital dividend spectrum available for mobile broadband in Egypt
Cambridge, 14 August 2013
The transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting in Egypt will result in spectrum, known as the 'digital dividend', becoming available. Terrestrial broadcasting could continue to use this spectrum, allowing for extra television services. Alternatively, this spectrum could be allocated to mobile services, allowing mobile operators to provide cost-effective high-speed mobile broadband, particularly in rural areas and deep indoors. Aetha was contracted by the GSM Association to undertake an assessment of the value of making digital dividend spectrum available for mobile broadband services in Egypt.
The results of our assessment are as follows:
- the economic benefits of mobile use of the digital dividend are estimated at EGP9 billion, with a range for the estimation from EGP3.6 billion to EGP19 billion
- the economic benefits of digital terrestrial broadcasting use of the spectrum are estimated to be EGP0.3 billion.
The benefits of making digital dividend spectrum available for mobile broadband services are estimated to be approximately 30 times greater than the economic benefits of continued use for providing terrestrial broadcast television and we therefore concluded that the economic benefits to Egyptian society would be maximised if the digital dividend were made available for mobile broadband services.
Further details of our approach and the study's results can be found in a copy of the study report, which can be downloaded here.