Algeria - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Mobile subscriber growth in Algeria returned in 2016 having been stagnant in the previous year. However, growth in 2017 was relatively low and with mobile penetration at about 116% there are indications that the market is becoming mature and that operator can expect to make gains less from attracting new subscribers than by developing the data services market. This is largely being achieved through continuing upgrades to LTE network, which has encouraged the migration of subscribers away from 3G infrastructure. There is also intensifying price competition between the three MNOs – Algerie Telecom’s Mobilis, Orascom’s Djezzy, and Wataniya’s Ooredoo Algeria. Together with increases in taxes on voice and data services, this competition has had a negative effect on operator revenue.
The overall market has recovered from the social and political unrest which erupted in 2011. Investor confidence has been revived by recent moves from the government to sell a stake in the country’s leading mobile operator, Mobilis.
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.
Huawei opens smartphone assembly plant in Algeria;
GSM-R system extended along a 418km rail line;
Regulator allows network operators to extend LTE services to additional provinces;
Algeria and Tunisia agree to end roaming charges for travellers;
Djezzy secures GSM licence renewal;
Mobilis extends use of network for remote electricity meter reading, contracts Huawei as partner for its network migration to 5G;
Mobilis sources domestically-built base stations;
VEON sells its 51% stake in Djezzy to a government investment fund for $2.64 billion;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2017; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2018; recent market developments.
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