Egypt Mobile Billing and Messaging Overview


Billing Type: MO&MT   MT for subscriptions only

Subscriptions: Yes   Dedicated MT code required

Micropayments: Yes

Shared Price Points: 1 EGP, 1.50 EGP, 3 EGP, 4 EGP, 5 EGP   Requires approval

Dedicated Price Points: 1 EGP, 1.50 EGP, 3 EGP, 4 EGP, 5 EGP

Standard rate Price Points: Not available.

Regulator: Ministry of Communication and Information Technology

Approvals/Fees Required: Yes   Approval required

Country Info

Population: 96,898,900

Subscribers: 99,000,000

Mobile Penetration Rate: 30.4%

Average Individual Income: $6,860

VAT Rate: 13%

Withholding Tax: 0%

Network Information:

Carriers: Subscribers: Market Share:
Vodafone 41,800,000 44.28%
Mobinil 33,000,000 34.16%
Etisalat 24,100,000 21.56%


Regulation Overview

Regulator: Ministry of Communication and Information Technology

Regulator Website:

Code of Conduct: There is currently no set regulation document at the time of writing in Egypt.

Opt-in Possibilities

Web (PIN) Opt-in: No

WORAR (Requiring a Reply): Yes

Single MO Shortcode Opt-in: Yes

In-app Billing: Yes

Permitted Content

Adult Permissible: No

Mobile Gambling /mCasino (Real money): No

Sportsbook (Real money): No

Virtual Gambling (Virtual credit): Yes

Lottery (Real money): Yes

Competitions: Yes

Voting: Yes

Chat: Yes

Mobile Content: Yes

Info Messages: Yes

Alerts: No

Physical Goods: No

Calling Services: No

Charitable Services: Yes

Spend Limits

Maximum Transactional Value: 10 EGP

Subscriptions Limit: Vodafone: Daily - 0.30 EGP per day. 9 EGP per month.
Mobinil: 0.30 EGP per day. 9 EGP per month
Etisalat: 0.50 EGP every 2 days.

Daily Billing Limit: No limit

Weekly Billing Limit: No limit

Monthly Billing Limit: No limit

Customer Care

Minimum Type Required: E-Mail (24hr Response)


Available Technologies

Premium MO SMS: Yes

Premium MT SMS: Yes   Dedicated code for Subscriptions.

WAP Billing: No

Direct Operator Billing: No

MSISDN Forwarding: No

IVR Billing: Yes

Number Lookup (HLR): Yes

Number Lookup (VLR) /(RTLU): Yes

VSIM/Longcode: Yes

Bulk SMS: Yes

Push Messaging: Yes

USSD Messaging: No

USSD Menus (Sessions): No


FreeText Shortcodes: No

Golden/Vanity Numbers Available?: No

Bulk Messaging

Alpha sender ID: Yes

Numeric sender ID: Yes   Excludes Mobinil.

Alpha numeric sender ID: Yes   Excludes Mobinil for Numeric.

Shortcode sender ID: No

Sender IDs filtered: No

Handset Delivery reports: Yes

SMSC Delivery report: No

Binary: Yes

Concatenated Messages: Yes

Character Encoding: Yes   Full SMPP v3.4

Character Sets Supported: Yes   0×00(Default GSM encoding), 0×01(US-ASCII), 0×02(Binary), 0×03(ISO8859-1-Latin-1), 0×04(Binary), 0×08(UCS2/UTF-16BE)

Submit_multi: Yes

Maximum validity periods: 48 hours   Which is the recommended value.

Traffic type exclusions?: No exclusions other than no illegal services or content.