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Free Internet Project
Institution: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Theme: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 2002
Summary: Egypt's Free Internet Project is an initiative by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Egypt, to provide everyone nationwide with easy and affordable access to the Internet at the cost of a local call and with no additional subscription fees.
Today, Internet users all across Egypt, are only charged for the price of local phone calls associated with connecting to the net. The Free Internet Initiative is based on an offloading/revenue sharing model: ISPs are allowed to co-locate their access equipment at Telecom Egypt local exchanges. Thus customers' Internet calls are serviced at the closest local exchange and re-routed to the ISP data backbone, resulting in major offloading of Telecom Egypt PSTN network. In return for offloading, revenues from the Free Internet calls are shared between Telecom Egypt and the service providers.

Impact: The Free Internet Initiative represents a success story of public-private-partnership, which has resulted in higher quality and reduced prices of Internet dial-up services in Egypt, to the best interest of the Egyptian citizen. Increasing the number of online users, their usage patterns and boosting the infrastructure as a whole are building the base for future e-Government projects in Egypt.
Source: Stockholm Challenge Award
Project Home URL: http://www.mcit.gov.eg/viewprojects.asp?project_no=121

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