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Algeria - Mobile Market Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

Algeria - Mobile Market Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

At about 100% penetration, subscriber growth in Algeria's mobile market has begun to slow. Given the intensifying price competition between the three MNOs, Algerie Telecom's Mobilis, Orascom's Djezzy, and Wataniya's Nedjma, their focus has shifted to developing ARPU and investing in mobile data services. Following long delays, the regulator in late 2013 finally awarded the MNOs with 3G licences. This will considerably boost mobile broadband services in coming years, while services based on fixed-line 4G technology are also expected later in 2014, followed by mobile LTE in 2015.

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 for 2013 and 2016.

Key developments:

Regulator awards licences for 3G services; Mobilis and Ooredoo approved to provide 3G to nine optional provinces; Mobilis sources domestically-built base stations, plans LTE launch early in 2014; regulator responds to customer complaints of poor service from MNOs; Djezzy given special permission to purchase 3G equipment; VimpelCom reaches agreement to sell its 51% stake in Djezzy to the government for US$2.64 billion; Huawei trials LTE; regulator's market data for 2013; telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2013; market developments to mid-2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

Mobilis, Djezzy, Nedjema


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Algeria's mobile market
2.1 Mobile statistics
2.2 Mobile market shares
2.3 3G services
3. Regulatory issues
3.1 Registration of subscriber details
4. Major mobile operators
4.1 Algerie Telecom (Mobilis)
4.2 Orascom Telecom Algerie (Djezzy)
4.3 Wataniya Telecom (Nedjma, Ooredoo)
5. Mobile handsets
6. Tariffs
7. ARPU
8. Mobile data services
8.1 SMS
8.2 MMS
8.3 GPRS/EDGE
8.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
9. Third generation (3G)
10. Long-term Evolution (LTE)
11. GSM-R
12. Satellite mobile
13. Forecasts
13.1 Forecast mobile subscribers 2013; 2016
13.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
14. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 3 Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers 2009 - 2013
Table 4 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 - 2013
Table 5 Mobilis subscribers 2009 - 2013
Table 6 Djezzy subscribers 2002 - 2013
Table 7 Djezzy financial data 2008 - 2013
Table 8 Djezzy blended ARPU 2012 - 2013
Table 9 Nedjma financial data (QAR) 2009 - 2013
Table 10 Ooredoo financial data (KWD) 2012 - 2013
Table 11 Nedjma blended ARPU 2009 - 2012
Table 12 Nedjma subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 13 Djezzy blended ARPU 2002 - 2011
Table 14 Forecast mobile subscribers 2013; 2016
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Chart 2 Djezzy financial data 2008 2013

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