Algeria - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Algeria has a steadily developing telecom infrastructure with growth encouraged by sympathetic regulatory measures and by government policies aimed at delivering serviceable internet connections across the country. Fixed-line penetration was in decline for a number of years before the trend was reversed in 2015, with the momentum for growth supported by fixed-wireless connections based on LTE which had been introduced in 2014. This was short-lived, however, with subscribers since 2016 migrating from fixed-wireless to mobile LTE services.

Nevertheless, government-funded efforts are continuing to ensure that fixed-line infrastructure is extended to underserved areas. This project, accounting for about 500 remaining communities, forms part of the Universal Service Telecommunications (UTS) program. Three Universal Service Telecommunications licences were awarded in early 2016, with licensees obliged to provide fixed and wireless telecoms services to all communities. These efforts should maintain slow growth in the number of fixed-telephony connections during the next few years.

The country’s relatively well-developed infrastructure includes a national fibre backbone which was augmented with a new subsea link to Valencia in April 2017. Algeria is also part of the 4,500km terrestrial Trans-Saharan Backbone network which connects the national network with other fibre networks in the region.

Mobile penetration is growing steadily. The regulator was slow to issue 3G licences, while LTE licensees did not launch services until September 2016. Despite this tardiness, there have been significant gains in the adoption of LTE services. Coverage obligations, together with investments made in the intervening months, will ensure that LTE services will be extended rapidly in coming years in a bid to secure national internet coverage by the 2022 target.

Key developments:

  • Djezzy Telecom trials smart agriculture concept;
  • Regulator changes identity to ARPCE;
  • New submarine cables to link to the US and France;
  • Finance Law increases tax on voice and data services;
  • Algérie Télécom contracts Huawei to build a national fibre network benefiting one million customers;
  • Orval cable system linking Oran with Valencia completed;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data update for 2018, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market data developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Algérie Télécom, Lacom

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
    • Market analysis
  • Regional Africa Market Comparison

    • TMI vs GDP
    • Mobile and mobile broadband
    • Fixed and mobile broadband
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Law of 2000
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
    • Universal Service Telecommunications (UTS)
    • Interconnection
    • Access
  • Fixed network operators

    • Algérie Télécom
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • National backbone network
      • Domestic satellite network
      • Next Generation Networks (NGN)
    • Lacom (CAT, defunct)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • National infrastructure
      • Algérie Télécom
      • AETC
      • CITA
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cables
    • Smart infrastructure
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Algeria – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephony market revenue by service (DZD) – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 3 – Decline in the number of WLL lines – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 4 – Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2024
  • Table 5 – Fixed lines in service by type – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Increase in national fibre network length – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 7 – International bandwidth – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 9 – Fixed-line and mobile traffic – 2012 – 2015
  • Table 10 – Fixed-line traffic per line per month – 2008 – 2015
  • Table 11 – Historic - Fixed lines in service by type – 2001 - 2009
  • Table 12 – Telephony market revenue by service (DZD) – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 13 – Historic - Telephony market revenue by service ($) – 2000 – 2016

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Telephony market revenue by service (DZD) – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita – 2018
  • Chart 3 – North Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Africa – Top-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Leaders) – 2018
  • Chart 5 – North Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country – 2018
  • Chart 6 – North Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration – 2018
  • Chart 7 – North Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Decline in the number of WLL lines – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 9 – Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 10 – Increase in national fibre network length – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Increase in international bandwidth – 2008 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 – North Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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