At close to 100% penetration, subscriber growth in Algeria’s mobile market has begun to slow. Given the intensifying price competition between the three MNOs, Algerie Telecom’s Mobilis, Orascom’s Djezzy, and Wataniya’s Nedjma, their focus has shifted to developing ARPU and investing in mobile data services. Following long delays, the regulator in late 2013 finally awarded the MNOs with 3G licences. This will considerably boost mobile broadband services in coming years, while services based on LTE technology are also expected in 2014.
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 for 2013 and 2016.
Regulator awards licences for 3G services; Mobilis and Ooredoo approved to provide 3G to nine optional provinces; Mobilis sources domestically-built base stations, plans LTE launch early in 2014; Djezzy given special permission to purchase 3G equipment; Huawei trials LTE; regulator’s market data for 2013; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2013; market developments to mid-2014.
Companies covered in this report include:
Mobilis, Djezzy, Nedjema