Development of Algeria's fixed-line broadband market has been hampered by the declining number of fixed-lines in service, as well as by an environment which has led alternative operators to invest in fixed-wireless access. The licensing of 3G spectrum to the three mobile network operators in late 2013 and the provision of LTE since 2014 has done much to ensure the availability of mobile internet access across the country. The government is expected to pass legislation which will enable players to access Algerie Telecom's infrastructure through local loop unbundling, thus ending the incumbent's effective monopoly on DSL-based services. Improved international connectivity has substantially reduced the cost of broadband services in recent years. Algerie Telecom continues to invest expanding its national fibre infrastructure, while the government has committed funds towards its national broadband program despite declining revenue from the falling price of oil which has put pressure on its overall investments.
This report contains an overview of Algeria's internet and broadband market, providing key statistics, profiles of the major players, and scenario forecasts for the internet market to 2020.
Algerie Telecom embarks on infrastructure program to build 20,000km of fibre by 2016, connecting 20,000 locations; Ericsson contracted to upgrade Algerie Telecom's broadband infrastructure; launches the idoom' range of unlimited DSL offers; contracts Telnet Holding to supply a national WiFi network; government pursues MSANs program to deliver broadband to towns with populations of between 1,000 and 2,000;Alcatel-Lucent wins submarine cable contracts; regulator's activity report and market data updates for 2014; recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
Djaweb, EEPAD, Swan Informatique, IcosNet, Smart link Communication