Algeria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Algeria’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major players, revenue, subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, videostreaming;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Mobile subscriber forecasts;
  • Mobile and broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2021.
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- November 2016 (15th Edition)

Executive Summary

Algeria awards universal service licences to extend telecom services

Algeria’s fixed-line penetration was in decline for a number of years before the trend was reversed in 2015. This recovery is likely to continue to the end of the decade as infrastructure is extended to hitherto underserved areas as 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.

The country’s relatively well developed infrastructure includes a national fibre backbone which is being augmented with a new subsea link to Valencia (expected to be ready for service in February 2017), as well as a new 4,500km terrestrial Trans-Saharan Backbone network to which Algeria became a partner in September 2016.

Mobile penetration stands at about 108%, which is relatively low by regional standards. The regulator was slow to issue 3G licences, while LTE were not awarded until May 2016. By the following September all three licensed mobile network operators had launched LTE services. Coverage obligations, together with investments made in the intervening months, suggest that LTE will be extended rapidly in coming years, and will go far to delivering mobile broadband to rural areas as per the UTS program.

The market has begun to recover 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.

Development of Algeria’s fixed-line broadband market has long been hampered by the limited reach of the fixed-line network and the capability of the infrastructure to provide broadband services. This created an environment which encouraged alternative operators to invest in fixed-wireless accesses. The licensing of 3G spectrum in late 2013 and the provision of LTE more recently has done much to ensure the availability of mobile internet access across the country.

Improved international connectivity has substantially reduced the cost of broadband services in recent years. Algerie Telecom continues to invest to expand its national fibre infrastructure, while the government has committed funds towards its national broadband program despite declining revenue from the falling price of oil which has put pressure on its overall investments.

This report provides an overview of Algeria’s telecom sector, including the fixed-line, mobile and broadband markets. It assesses recent spectrum licensing and the implications for mobile broadband availability, profiles the major operators and assesses their operating and financial performances. In addition it covers the efforts by the government and regulator to improve infrastructure generally and to extend telecom services to rural areas of the country. It also provides mobile and broadband scenario forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

  • Government revises plans to restructure Algerie Telecom and sell a stake to investors;
  • Regulator awards three Universal Telecommunications Service licences to provide basic telecom services in underserved areas;
  • Orval cable system linking Oran with Valencia to be ready for service in early 2017;
  • Algerian Space Agency planning launch of Algeria’s first telecommunications satellite by June 2017;
  • Regulator awards licences for LTE services to Mobilis, Djezzy and Ooredoo: all three begin to market LTE services;
  • Mobilis extends use of network for remote electricity meter reading, contracts Huawei as partner for its network migration to 5G;
  • Algerie Telecom embarks on infrastructure program to build 20,000km of fibre by end-2016;
  • e-payment services are launched;
  • Government to raise tax on broadband services and imports of computers in 2016 budget;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s activity report and market data updates for 2015, operator data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Algerie Telecom (Mobilis), Optimum Telecom Algerie (Djezzy), Wataniya Telecom (Nedjema, Ooredoo, Lacom, Djaweb, EEPAD, Swan Informatique, IcosNet, Smart link Communication.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Historical overview
    • 2.2 Market analysis
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Historical overview
    • 3.2 Law of 2000
    • 3.3 Regulatory authority
    • 3.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 3.5 Privatisation
    • 3.6 Universal Service Telecommunications (UTS)
    • 3.7 Interconnection
    • 3.8 Access
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Algerie Telecom
      • 4.1.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • 4.1.2 National backbone network
      • 4.1.3 Domestic satellite network
      • 4.1.4 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
    • 4.2 Lacom (CAT, defunct)
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 National infrastructure
      • 5.1.1 Algerie Telecom
      • 5.1.2 AETC
      • 5.1.3 CITA
    • 5.2 International infrastructure
    • 5.3 Smart infrastructure
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • 6.1.4 Internet cafes
      • 6.1.5 PC penetration
    • 6.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 6.3 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.3.1 Wireless broadband
  • 7. Digital media
    • 7.1 Communications: VoIP
    • 7.2 Bundled services
  • 8. Digital economy
    • 8.1 E-learning
    • 8.2 Academic sector
    • 8.3 E-health
    • 8.4 E-government
    • 8.5 E-payments
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile data
      • 9.2.3 Mobile broadband
      • 9.2.4 Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Registration of subscriber details
      • 9.3.2 Interconnection
      • 9.3.3 Licensing
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Digital networks
      • 9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Algerie Telecom (Mobilis)
      • 9.5.2 Optimum Telecom Algerie (Djezzy)
      • 9.5.3 Wataniya Telecom (Nedjma, Ooredoo)
      • Table 1 – Country statistics Algeria – 2016 (e)
      • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2016
      • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
      • Table 7 – Telephony market revenue by service (DZD) – 2000 - 2015
      • Table 8 – Telephony market revenue by service ($) – 2000 - 2015
      • Table 9 – Fixed-line and mobile traffic – 2002 - 2015
      • Table 10 – Algerie telecom fixed-line ARPU – 2002 - 2015
      • Table 11 – WLL lines – 2008 - 2015
      • Table 12 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 13 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 14 – Fixed lines in service by type – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 15 – International bandwidth – 2008 - 2015
      • Table 16 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 17 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 18 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 19 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table 20 – DSL subscribers – 2011 – 2016
      • Table 21 – WiMAX broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 22 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 23 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 24 – Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 25 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 26 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 27 – Mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 28 – SMS traffic – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 29 – Mobile broadband subscribers by technology – 2014 - 2015
      • Table 30 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • Table 31 – mobile termination rates by operator – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 32 – GSM subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 33 – GSM subscriber market share by operator – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 34 – 3G subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 35 – 3G subscriber market share by operator – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 36 – Mobilis subscribers – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 37 – Djezzy subscribers – 2002 - 2016
      • Table 38 – Djezzy financial data (DZD) – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 39 – Djezzy financial data (USD) – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 40 – Djezzy blended ARPU – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 41 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 42 – Ooredoo blended ARPU – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 43 – Ooredoo mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 44 – Ooredoo wireless broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2016
      • Chart 1 – Telephony market revenue by service ($) – 2000 – 2015
      • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service and penetration rate – 2005 - 2017
      • Chart 3 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2017
      • Chart 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2017
      • Chart 5 – Djezzy financial data – 2013 – 2016

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