Algeria - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The mobile services market in Algeria showed significant growth in 2018, having been relatively stagnant during the previous two years. Much of this growth was stimulated by the government’s efforts to improve connectivity in rural areas.

Intensifying price competition between the three MNOs – Mobilis, Djezzy and Ooredoo Algeria – together with increases in taxes on voice and data services, have had a negative effect on operator revenue. A new roaming agreement with Tunisia will place further pressure on revenue.

With the market becoming more mature, operators in turn are looking to opportunities in the mobile data and mobile broadband segments to generate revenue. To this end they have invested in upgrades to LTE infrastructure and have reported significant increases in data traffic. Mobilis has trialled 5G and expected to launch commercial services in 2020.

This report reviews Algeria’s mobile market, providing analyses on operator strategies and recent spectrum licensing. It also profiles of the major players, assesses their operating and financial performance, and provides subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Mobilis expecting to launch 5G services in 2020;
  • LTE subscriber base increased 82% in 2018, year-on-year;
  • VEON’s increases stake in GTH to 98.2%;
  • Huawei opens smartphone assembly plant in Algeria;
  • Regulator allows network operators to extend LTE services to additional provinces;
  • Algeria and Tunisia agree to end roaming charges for travellers;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2018; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2019; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Algérie Télécom (Mobilis), Optimum Telecom Algérie (Djezzy), Wataniya Telecom (Nedjema, Ooredoo)

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
    • Mobile data
      • SMS and MMS
    • Mobile broadband
  • Regulatory issues

    • Registration of subscriber details
    • Interconnection
    • Licensing
    • Roaming
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • GSM
    • GSM-R
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • Satellite mobile
  • Major mobile operators

    • Algerie Telecom (Mobilis)
    • Optimum Telecom Algerie (Djezzy)
    • Ooredoo Algeria
  • Mobile content and services

    • M-payments
    • Mobile handsets
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2024
  • Table 2 – Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Development of mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Mobile broadband subscribers by platform – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Change in the market share of subscribers by platform – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Mobile ARPU – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Development of SMS traffic – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Change in the number of 3G and LTE mobile broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2014 – 2024
  • Table 11 – Mobile termination rates by operator – 2013 – 2016
  • Table 12 – LTE subscribers by operator –2017
  • Table 13 – 3G subscribers by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 14 – 3G subscriber market share by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 15 – GSM subscribers by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 16 – GSM subscriber market share by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 17 – Mobilis subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Djezzy subscribers – 2002 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Djezzy financial data (DZD) – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 20 – Djezzy financial data (USD) – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 21 – Djezzy blended ARPU – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 22 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 23 – Change in Ooredoo’s mobile ARPU by segment – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 24 – Growth in the number of Ooredoo’s mobile subscribers by segment – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 25 – Decline in the number of Ooredoo’s wireless broadband subscriber base – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 26 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 27 – Historic - Mobile ARPU – 2002 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 2 – Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Change in the proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Development of mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Change in the number of mobile subscribers by platform – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Change in the market share of subscribers by platform – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Change in mobile ARPU – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 8 – Development of SMS traffic – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Change in the number of 3G and LTE mobile broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Chart 10 – Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2014 - 2024
  • Chart 11 – Change in the number of 3G subscribers by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 12 – Change in the 3G subscriber market share by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 13 – Change in the number of GSM subscribers by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 14 – Change in the GSM subscriber market share by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 15 – Growth in the number of Mobilis’s subscriber base – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – Change in the number of Djezzy’s mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Decline in Djezzy’s financial data (DZD) – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Decline in Djezzy’s financial data (US $) – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Decline in Djezzy’s blended ARPU – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 20 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 21 – Change in Ooredoo’s mobile ARPU by segment – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 22 – Growth in the number of Ooredoo’s mobile subscriber base – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 23 – Decline in the number of Ooredoo’s wireless broadband subscriber base – 2014 – 2019

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