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Algeria - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


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Although Algeria has a declining fixed-line penetration, the country has one of the highest telecom services teledensities in Africa. Mobile penetration stands at about 115%. The country's relatively well developed infrastructure includes a national fibre backbone and one of Africa's first FttP 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) left 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. Since then there have several fundamental changes to the market. 3G services are now widely available, while mobile network operators have also launched services based on LTE technology. The government has pressed for 3G to be extended nationally, so extending the reach of basic mobile internet services, and has also prepared amendments to telecom legislation which would oblige Algerie Telecom to open its fixed-line infrastructure to competitors through providing access to its unbundled local loops.

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 in 2014 alone invested some 100 million in national fibre infrastructure, and despite the financial pressures caused by the falling price of oil, a key revenue earner, the government is committed to its national telecom infrastructure investment program.

Key developments:

New interconnection tariffs introduced to June 2016; SEA-ME-WE 4 cable suffers breakage, disrupting international traffic; government signs contract to build Orval cable system linking Oran with Valencia; Alcatel-Lucent completes network upgrade for Ooredoo; SNTF and Kapsch CarrierCom set up Rail-Telecom JV to maintain railway telecom networks; government proposes legislation enforcing LLU access; Company of Telecommunications Infrastructure Algeria set up to manage a national fibre network; about 16% of Algerie Telecom's fixed-lines are wireless; Algerie Telecom allocates DZD431 million to improve telecom services in Tamanrasset; regulator's market data update for 2014; telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2015; recent market data developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Algerie Telecom, Lacom


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Law of 2000
5.3 Regulatory authority
5.4 Emerging cybercrime legislation
5.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.6 Interconnection
5.7 Access
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Algerie Telecom
6.1.1 Privatisation
6.1.2 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
6.1.3 National backbone network
6.1.4 Domestic satellite network
6.1.5 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
6.1.6 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP), Triple Play
6.2 Lacom (CAT, defunct)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National infrastructure
7.1.1 Algerie Telecom
7.1.2 AETC
7.1.3 CITA
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Related reports
List of Tables and Charts
Table 1 Country statistics Algeria 2015 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2015
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Social Media statistics - 2012
Table 8 Telephony market revenue by service (DZD) 2000 - 2014
Table 9 Telephony market revenue by service ($) 2000 - 2014
Table 10 Fixed-line traffic per line per moth 2008 - 2015
Table 11 Fixed-line traffic by type 2011 - 2013
Table 12 Fixed-line revenue and ARPU 2008 - 2013
Table 13 WLL lines 2008 - 2014
Table 14 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2004
Table 15 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Table 16 Fixed lines in service by type 2005 - 2014
Table 17 International bandwidth 2008 - 2014
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2005 - 2015

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