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.
Mobilis and Ooredoo satisfy QoS criteria, authorised to extend 3G to additional provinces; AT reports having over 86,000 customers on its LTE network; Mobilis extends use of network for remote electricity meter reading; 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