2010 Algeria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

Publication Overview

Algeria is one of the most penetrated mobile and fixed-line markets in Africa. This annual report provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of trends and developments in Algeria’s telecommunications market, including forecasts. Subjects covered include:

  • Key statistics;
  • Market and industry overviews;
  • The impact of the global economic crisis;
  • Regulatory environment and structural reform;
  • Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
  • Infrastructure development;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU) trends;
  • Fixed-line, Internet and broadband market, development and forecasts;
  • Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).

Researcher:- Peter Lange
Current publication date:- June 2010 (9th Edition)
Next publication date:- May 2011

Executive Summary

With a mobile penetration of close to 90% and fixed-line penetration of around 10% in early 2010, Algeria has one of the highest teledensities in Africa. Its relatively well developed infrastructure includes a national fibre backbone and one of Africa’s first fibre-to-the-home (FttH) deployments. The country’s oil and gas reserves have made it one of the wealthiest nations in Africa. However, the market has been affected by the global economic crisis, and its recovery will depend on a combination of regulatory and economic factors, as well as choice of business models.

As the mobile voice market approaches saturation, subscriber growth has begun to flatten and the attention is shifting to maintaining or improving average revenue per user (ARPU) which has continued to decline under intensifying price competition between the three networks: Algerie Telecom’s Mobilis, Orascom’s Djezzy, and Wataniya’s Nedjma. The operators have entered the underdeveloped Internet market by launching basic mobile data services, but the licensing of third generation (3G) spectrum is being delayed, which makes it difficult for them to fully compete in the broadband sector.

In the meantime, fixed-line incumbent Algerie Telecom (AT) is rapidly expanding its ADSL and WiMAX networks and upgrading its CDMA wireless local loop network with broadband capabilities. ADSL prices are among the lowest in Africa. Several of the country’s ISPs are rolling out their own WiMAX wireless broadband infrastructure. The full liberalisation of VoIP Internet telephony is enabling them to become players in the fixed voice market as well, and converged triple-play services (voice, data and video) have been introduced.

Competition in the fixed-line sector received a setback when the second operator, Lacom (a joint venture between Egypt’s Orascom Telecom and Telecom Egypt) exited the market in 2008 after three years of operations, citing regulatory barriers that made it impossible to compete with AT. The government then announced that the national telco will not be privatised, and plans to invest US$6 billion into its mobile, fixed and fibre networks over the five years to 2014 as part of a US$150 billion program to upgrade the country’s infrastructure.

This report contains an overview of Algeria’s telecommunications sector, analysis and key statistics, profiles of the major players, and scenario forecasts for the fixed-line, Internet and mobile market to 2012 and 2015.

Market highlights:

  • One of the highest levels of mobile and fixed-line penetration in Africa;
  • GDP per capita fell by more than 15% as a result of the global economic crisis, set to recover in 2010;
  • Intense price competition is driving down ARPU;
  • Forecasts for mobile, fixed-line and Internet markets to 2012 and 2015;
  • Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
  • 3G licensing delayed further;
  • Major investments in national fibre infrastructure.

Estimated market penetration rates in Algeria’s telecoms sector – end 2010

Market

Penetration rate

Mobile

92%

Fixed

11%

Internet

16%

(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key Statistics
  • 2. Country Overview
  • 3. Telecommunications Market
    • 3.1 Overview of Algeria’s telecom market
  • 4. Regulatory Environment
    • 4.1 Historical background
    • 4.2 Law of 2000
    • 4.3 Regulatory authority
      • 4.3.1 ARPT
    • 4.4 Emerging cybercrime legislation
    • 4.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in Algeria
    • 4.6 Interconnection
  • 5. Fixed Network Operators
    • 5.1 Fixed-line statistics
    • 5.2 Algerie Telecom
      • 5.2.1 Privatisation
      • 5.2.2 Network infrastructure
      • 5.2.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • 5.2.4 National backbone network
      • 5.2.5 Domestic satellite network
      • 5.2.6 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
      • 5.2.7 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), Triple Play
    • 5.3 Lacom (CAT, defunct)
  • 6. Telecommunications Infrastructure
    • 6.1 Alternative national fibre infrastructure
      • 6.1.1 AETC
    • 6.2 International infrastructure
  • 7. Internet Market
    • 7.1 Overview
      • 7.1.1 Internet statistics
    • 7.2 Internet cafes
    • 7.3 PC penetration
    • 7.4 Algeria’s ISP market
      • 7.4.1 Djaweb
      • 7.4.2 EEPAD
      • 7.4.3 Swan Informatique, Satlinker
      • 7.4.4 IcosNet
      • 7.4.5 Smart Link Communication (SLC)
      • 7.4.6 Lacom (defunct)
  • 8. Broadband Market
    • 8.1 ADSL
    • 8.2 Wireless broadband
      • 8.2.1 WiMAX and WiFi
      • 8.2.2 EV-DO
    • 8.3 Mobile broadband
    • 8.4 Broadband via satellite
  • 9. Convergence
    • 9.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
    • 9.2 Triple Play
    • 9.3 E-services
      • 9.3.1 Academic sector
      • 9.3.2 E-learning
      • 9.3.3 E-health
      • 9.3.4 E-government
      • 9.3.5 E-payments
  • 10. Mobile Communications
    • 10.1 Overview of Algeria’s mobile market
      • 10.1.1 Mobile statistics
      • 10.1.2 Market analysis 2010
    • 10.2 Regulatory issues
      • 10.2.1 Registration of subscriber details
    • 10.3 Major mobile operators
      • 10.3.1 Algerie Telecom (Mobilis)
      • 10.3.2 Orascom Telecom Algerie (Djezzy)
      • 10.3.3 Wataniya Telecom (Nedjma)
    • 10.4 Mobile handsets
    • 10.5 Tariffs
    • 10.6 ARPU
    • 10.7 Mobile data services
      • 10.7.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 10.7.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 10.7.3 GPRS/EDGE
      • 10.7.4 BlackBerry
    • 10.8 Third generation (3G)
    • 10.9 GSM-R
    • 10.10 Satellite mobile
  • 11. Forecasts
    • 11.1 Forecasts – fixed-line services – 2012; 2015
    • 11.2 Forecasts – Internet users – 2012; 2015
    • 11.3 Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2012; 2015
  • 12. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Algeria – 2010
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2010
  • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2010
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2010
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2010
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2011
  • Table 8 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1997; 1999 - 2011
  • Table 9 – Djaweb DSL pricing – 2009
  • Table 10 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2011
  • Table 11 – Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – March 2010
  • Table 12 – Djezzy blended ARPU – 2002 - 2010
  • Table 13 – Djezzy GPRS pricing – 2009
  • Table 14 – Forecast – fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers – 2012; 2015
  • Table 15 – Forecast – Internet users – 2012; 2015
  • Table 16 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2012; 2015

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