Solid mobile subscriber growth in recent years has meant that mobile penetration approached 115% by mid-2015. Given the intensifying price competition between the three MNOs, Algerie Telecom's Mobilis, Orascom's Djezzy, and Wataniya's Ooredoo, their focus has shifted to developing ARPU and investing in mobile data services based on HSPA and LTE technologies. Following long delays, the regulator in late 2013 finally awarded the MNOs with 3G licences. Together with LTE services launched by Mobilis in 2014, this has considerably boosted mobile broadband services. In late 2015 the regulator was pressed by the government to make greater efforts to extend 3G to some remaining areas which are only served with 2G.
The market has been affected by the recent social and political unrest, while investor confidence has been dented by recent moves from the government to take control of the country's leading mobile operator. Nevertheless, with the advent of 3G licences, the MNOs have the chance to transform themselves into converged service providers and to take a share of the broadband market. As such, the country's mobile market still has enormous potential for growth.
This report contains an overview of Algeria's mobile market, analysis and key statistics, profiles of the major players, and scenario forecasts to 2020.
Regulator pressed to speed up deliver of 3G services nationally; government to raise tax on broadband services and imports of computers in 2016 budget; Mobilis and Ooredoo authorised to extend 3G to additional provinces; AT reports having over 125,000 customers on its LTE network; Mobilis extends use of network for remote electricity meter reading, contracts Huawei as partner for its network migration to 5G; sale of a 51% stake in Djezzy to the National Investment Fund completed; Algerie Telecom extends LTE service to the residential sector; Mobilis sources domestically-built base stations, launches commercial LTE services; regulator responds to customer complaints of poor service from MNOs; Djezzy given special permission to purchase 3G equipment; VimpelCom sells its 51% stake in Djezzy to a government investment fund for $2.64 billion; regulator's market data for 2014; telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2015; recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report include:
Algerie Telecom (Mobilis), Omnium Telecom Algerie (Djezzy), Wataniya Telecom (Nedjema, Ooredoo)