Algeria - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
Algeria's fixed-line penetration was in decline for a number of years before the trend was reversed in 2015. This recovery continued into 2016, with fixed-line household penetration being three percentage points higher than at the end of 2014, and the trend is likely to continue to the end of the decade as infrastructure is extended to hitherto underserved areas as part of the Universal Service Telecommunications (UTS) program. Three Universal Service Telecommunications licences were awarded in early 2016, with licensees obliged to provide fixed and wireless telecoms services to all communities.
The country's relatively well developed infrastructure includes a national fibre backbone which was augmented with a new subsea link to Valencia in April 2017. Algeria is also part of the 4,500km terrestrial Trans-Saharan Backbone network which will connect the national network with other fibre networks in the region.
Mobile penetration is relatively low by regional standards. The regulator was slow to issue 3G licences, while LTE licensees did not launch services until September 2016. Coverage obligations, together with investments made in the intervening months, suggest that LTE will be extended rapidly in coming years, and will go far to delivering mobile broadband to rural areas as per the UTS program.
Finance Law increases tax on voice and data services; Algerie Telecom contracts Huawei to build a national fibre network benefiting one million customers; Algeria signs agreement with Niger to share expertise in postal and ICT services; African Development Bank (ADB) finances the Trans-Saharan fiber-optic backbone project (SDR); new Code of Posts and Electronic Communications legislation providing for local loop unbundling; regulator awards three Universal Telecommunications Service licences to provide basic telecom services in underserved areas; Orval cable system linking Oran with Valencia completed; Algerian Space Agency delays launch of Algeria's first telecommunications satellite to December 2017; Company of Telecommunications Infrastructure Algeria set up to manage a national fibre network; report update includes the regulator's market data update for 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2017, recent market data developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Algérie Télécom, Lacom