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Algeria - Key Statistics, Regulatory and Fixed-Line Telecoms Overview

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Algeria - Key Statistics, Regulatory and Fixed-Line Telecoms Overview

With a fixed-line penetration of around 8% and mobile penetration close to 100%, Algeria has one of the highest teledensities in Africa. Its relatively well developed infrastructure includes a national fibre backbone and one of Africa's first FttH deployments. The country's oil and gas reserves have made it one of the wealthiest nations in Africa.

Competition in the fixed-line sector received a setback in 2008 when the second operator, Lacom (a joint venture between Egypt's Orascom Telecom and Telecom Egypt) exited the market after three years of operations, citing regulatory barriers that made it impossible to compete with Algerie Telecom. Only months later, the already delayed privatisation of Algerie Telecom was called off and the licensing of third generation mobile spectrum delayed further. The number of fixed lines in service fell by 16% the following year but has since then recovered. 3G licences are now expected in 2013.

To provide fixed connections, Algerie Telecom has made extensive use of CDMA wireless technology which supports broadband and full mobility. In parallel with the access networks, the national and international fibre optic backbone is being upgraded to an IP-based next-generation network. The government has announced investments of 100 million into national fibre infrastructure over the five years to 2014.

1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Algeria's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historical background
4.2 Law of 2000
4.3 Regulatory authority
4.3.1 ARPT
4.4 Emerging cybercrime legislation
4.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in Algeria
4.6 Interconnection
5. Fixed-network operators
5.1 Algerie Telecom
5.1.1 Privatisation
5.1.2 Network infrastructure
5.1.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
5.1.4 National backbone network
5.1.5 Domestic satellite network
5.1.6 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
5.1.7 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), Triple Play
5.2 Lacom (CAT, defunct)
6. Alternative national fibre infrastructure
6.1 AETC
7. National infrastructure
8. International infrastructure
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Algeria 2013
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2013 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2012
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2013 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2013 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telephony market revenue by service 2010 - 2012
Table 8 Fixed-line traffic 2008 - 2013
Table 9 Fixed-line revenue and ARPU 2008 - 2013
Table 10 WLL lines 2008 - 2011
Table 11 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2004
Table 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2013
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2005 - 2013

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