Algeria - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Synopsis

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 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 May 2014, this will considerably boost mobile broadband services in coming years.

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 2016.

Key developments:

Orascom Telecom authorised to extend its networks to an additional four wilaya; regulator re-defines an active prepaid user; Djezzy launches 3G services; 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 2013; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2014; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Mobilis, Djezzy, Nedjema

Table of Contents

  • 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 Third generation (3G)
    • 8.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 9. GSM-R
  • 10. Satellite mobile
  • 11. Forecasts
    • 11.1 Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
    • 11.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 12. 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 - 2014
  • Table 6 – Djezzy subscribers – 2002 - 2014
  • Table 7 – Djezzy financial data – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 8 – Djezzy blended ARPU – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 9 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 10 – Ooredoo financial data (KWD) – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 11 – Ooredoo blended ARPU – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 12 – Ooredoo subscribers – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 13 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2015
  • Chart 2 – Djezzy financial data – 2008 – 2014

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