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Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Forecasts - Algeria

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Forecasts - Algeria

Government initiates plans to develop fixed-line telephony competition

With a fixed-line penetration of around 8% and mobile penetration close to 100%, Algeria has one of the highest telecom services teledensities in Africa. The country’s relatively well developed infrastructure includes a national fibre backbone and significant FttP deployments.

There remains no effective competition in the fixed-line sector since Lacom (a joint venture between Egypt’s Orascom Telecom and Telecom Egypt) exited the market in 2008. The proposed privatisation of Algerie Telecom has been in abeyance for some time. To stimulate the sector the government in late 2014 proposed reintroducing fixed-line telephony competition.

Solid mobile subscriber growth in recent years has meant that mobile penetration has now broached 100%. 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 raising ARPU and investing in mobile data services based on HSPA and LTE technologies. Following long delays, the regulator in late 2013 finally issued 3G licences, which together with LTE services launched by Mobilis in May 2014 will considerably boost mobile broadband services in coming years.

Although the mobile market has been affected by the recent social and political unrest, and investor confidence has been dented by recent moves from the government to take control of the country’s leading mobile operator, 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.

To complement mobile broadband services, Algerie Telecom has invested in DSL and WiMAX network upgrades. The liberalisation of the market for VoIP services has also enabled ISPs to become players in the sector, which is placing greater pressure on fixed-line voice services. Algerie Telecom is also investing in its national fibre infrastructure, and has become a major shareholder in a four-company national fibre project.

Key developments:

Government proposes opening up fixed-line telephony market to competition; Company of Telecommunications Infrastructure Algeria set up to manage a national fibre network; Orascom Telecom authorised to extend its networks to an additional four wilaya; regulator redefines active prepaid users; sale of a 51% stake in Djezzy to the National Investment Fund completed; Algerie Telecom extends LTE services to the residential sector; Mobilis sources domestically-built base stations, launches commercial LTE services; regulator responds to customer complaints of poor service from MNOs; VimpelCom sells its 51% stake in Djezzy to a government investment fund for $2.64 billion; Algerie Telecom embarks on infrastructure program to build 20,000km of fibre by 2016, connecting 20,000 locations; government pursues MSANs program to deliver broadband to towns with populations of between 1,000 and 2,000; Alcatel-Lucent wins submarine cable contracts; regulator’s market data updates; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2014; recent market developments.

Companies and subsidiaries covered in this report include:

Algerie Telecom, Mobilis, Djezzy, Nedjema, Djaweb, EEPAD, Swan Informatique, IcosNet, Smart Link Communication
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Algeria - 2014 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2014
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • Table Social Media statistics - 2012
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF ALGERIA'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telephony market revenue by service- 2010 - 2014
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
    • LAW OF 2000
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • ARPT
    • EMERGING CYBERCRIME LEGISLATION
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN ALGERIA
    • INTERCONNECTION
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • Table Fixed-line traffic - 2008 - 2014
    • Table Fixed-line revenue and ARPU - 2008 - 2013
    • ALGERIE TELECOM
      • Privatisation
      • Network infrastructure
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
        • Table WLL lines - 2008 - 2012
      • National backbone network
      • Domestic satellite network
      • Next Generation Networks (NGN)
      • Fibre-to-the-Premise (FttP), Triple Play
    • LACOM (CAT, DEFUNCT)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • ALTERNATIVE NATIONAL FIBRE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • AETC
      • CITA
    • NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2013
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
  • INTERNET MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Internet statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
    • INTERNET CAFES
    • PC PENETRATION
    • ALGERIA'S ISP MARKET
      • Djaweb
      • EEPAD
      • Swan Informatique, Satlinker
      • IcosNet
      • Smart Link Communication (SLC)
      • Lacom (defunct)
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2003 - 2014
    • ADSL
      • Table Djaweb DSL pricing residential - April 2014
      • Table Djaweb WiFi/DSL pricing business - April 2014
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiMAX and WiFi
      • EV-DO
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
    • BROADBAND VIA SATELLITE
    • CONVERGENCE
      • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
      • Triple play
  • DIGITAL MEDIA/DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-LEARNING
    • ACADEMIC SECTOR
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-PAYMENTS
    • BLOGS
    • FACEBOOK AND LINKEDIN
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF ALGERIA'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers - 2009 - 2013
      • Mobile market shares
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2013
      • 3G services
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Registration of subscriber details
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Algerie Telecom (Mobilis)
        • Table Mobilis subscribers - 2009 - 2014
      • Orascom Telecom Algerie (Djezzy)
        • Table Djezzy subscribers - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Djezzy financial data - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Djezzy blended ARPU - 2012 - 2014
      • Wataniya Telecom (Nedjma, Ooredoo)
        • Table Ooredoo financial data (QAR) - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Ooredoo financial data (KWD) - 2012 - 2014
        • Table Ooredoo blended ARPU - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Ooredoo subscribers - 2005 - 2014
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
    • TARIFFS
    • ARPU
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • SMS
      • MMS
      • GPRS/EDGE
      • Third generation (3G)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • GSM-R
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
  • FORECASTS
    • FORECASTS - INTERNET USERS - 2013; 2016
      • Table Forecast - internet users - 2013; 2016
    • FORECAST - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2013; 2016
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016

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