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

Synopsis

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.

Key developments:

  • GSM-R system extended along a 418km rail line;
  • Regulator allows network operators to extend LTE services to additional provinces;
  • 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 Q2 2018; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Algerie Telecom (Mobilis), Optimum Telecom Algerie (Djezzy), Wataniya Telecom (Nedjema, Ooredoo)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile data
      • 3.2.1 SMS and MMS
    • 3.3 Mobile broadband
    • 3.4 Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Registration of subscriber details
    • 4.2 Interconnection
    • 4.3 Licensing
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 5G
    • 5.2 4G (LTE)
    • 5.3 3G
    • 5.4 GSM
    • 5.5 GSM-R
    • 5.6 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.6.1 Satellite mobile
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Algerie Telecom (Mobilis)
    • 6.2 Optimum Telecom Algerie (Djezzy)
    • 6.3 Wataniya Telecom (Nedjma, Ooredoo)
  • 7. Mobile content and services
    • 7.1 M-payments
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Market share of subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Mobile ARPU – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 9 – SMS traffic – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Mobile broadband subscribers by technology – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Mobile broadband subscriber penetration – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 13 – mobile termination rates by operator – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 14 – LTE subscribers by operator –2017
  • Table 15 – 3G subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 16 – 3G subscriber market share by operator – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 17 – GSM subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 18 – GSM subscriber market share by operator – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Mobilis subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Djezzy subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Djezzy financial data (DZD) – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Djezzy financial data (USD) – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 23 – Djezzy blended ARPU – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 24 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 25 – Ooredoo blended ARPU – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 26 – Ooredoo mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Ooredoo wireless broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Market share of subscribers by platform – 2014 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Djezzy financial data – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 – 2018

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