Algeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Algeria’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- October 2019 (18th Edition)

Executive Summary

Algeria primed to have commercial 5G services in 2020

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, including the Universal Service Telecommunications (UTS) program, are continuing to ensure that fixed-line infrastructure is extended to underserved areas and thus the slow growth in the number of fixed-telephony connections should be maintained during the next few years.

Mobile penetration is growing steadily despite the tardiness of the regulator to licence 3G and LTE services. Licence obligations will ensure that LTE services will be extended rapidly in coming years in a bid to secure national internet coverage by the 2022 target.

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. The MNOs have responded by investing in upgrades to LTE infrastructure, while Mobilis has also trialled 5G and is expected to launch commercial services in 2020.

For many years the development of Algeria’s fixed-line broadband market was hampered by the limited reach of the fixed-line network. This created an environment which encouraged alternative operators to invest in fixed-wireless accesses, though since late 2016 mobile LTE has taken over from fixed-wireless as a platform. In common with other markets in the region, mobile connections account for the vast majority of internet accesses.

This report contains an overview of Algeria’s fixed-line telephony market, including a review of national and international network infrastructure. The report also covers the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband market, providing key statistics, profiles of the major players, and subscriber forecasts to 2024. In addition, the report reviews the mobile market, providing analyses on operator strategies and their operating and financial performance, as well as an assessment of recent spectrum licensing.

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;
  • ATS select Hughes’s JUPITER System to provide satellite broadband services;
  • Djezzy Telecom trials smart agriculture concept;
  • 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 (Mobilis), Optimum Telecom Algérie (Djezzy), Wataniya Telecom (Nedjema, Ooredoo), Djaweb, EEPAD, Swan Informatique, IcosNet, Smart link Communication

Henry Lancaster
October 2019

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
  • Broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • Fibre
    • Other fixed broadband services
      • Wireless broadband
  • Digital economy

    • E-learning
    • E-health
    • E-government
    • E-payments
  • Mobile communications

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
    • Regulatory issues
      • Registration of subscriber details
      • Interconnection
      • Licensing
      • Roaming
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • GSM
      • GSM-R
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • Major mobile operators
      • Algerie Telecom (Mobilis)
      • Optimum Telecom Algerie (Djezzy)
      • Ooredoo Algeria
    • Mobile content and services
      • M-payments
      • Mobile handsets
  • Appendix – Historic data


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 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 9 – Fixed-line broadband connections by data rate – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 10 – DSL broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 11 – WiMAX broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 12 – Fixed-wireless (LTE) broadband subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2024
  • Table 14 – Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Development of mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Mobile broadband subscribers by platform – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Change in the market share of subscribers by platform – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Mobile ARPU – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 20 – Development of SMS traffic – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 21 – Change in the number of 3G and LTE mobile broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2014 – 2024
  • Table 23 – Mobile termination rates by operator – 2013 – 2016
  • Table 24 – LTE subscribers by operator –2017
  • Table 25 – 3G subscribers by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 26 – 3G subscriber market share by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 27 – GSM subscribers by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 28 – GSM subscriber market share by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 29 – Mobilis subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 30 – Djezzy subscribers – 2002 – 2019
  • Table 31 – Djezzy financial data (DZD) – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 32 – Djezzy financial data (USD) – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 33 – Djezzy blended ARPU – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 34 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 35 – Change in Ooredoo’s mobile ARPU by segment – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 36 – Growth in the number of Ooredoo’s mobile subscribers by segment – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 37 – Decline in the number of Ooredoo’s wireless broadband subscriber base – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 38 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 39 – Fixed-line and mobile traffic – 2012 – 2015
  • Table 40 – Fixed-line traffic per line per month – 2008 – 2015
  • Table 41 – Historic - Fixed lines in service by type – 2001 - 2009
  • Table 42 – Telephony market revenue by service (DZD) – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 43 – Historic - Telephony market revenue by service ($) – 2000 – 2016
  • Table 44 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 – 2015
  • Table 45 – Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 – 2009
  • Table 46 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 47 – Historic - Mobile ARPU – 2002 – 2009

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
  • Chart 12 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 13 –DSL broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – WiMAX broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 15 – Fixed-wireless (LTE) broadband subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 17 – Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 18 – Change in the proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 19 – Development of mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 20 – Change in the number of mobile subscribers by platform – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 21 – Change in the market share of subscribers by platform – 2014 – 2018
  • Chart 22 – Change in mobile ARPU – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 23 – Development of SMS traffic – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 24 – Change in the number of 3G and LTE mobile broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Chart 25 – Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2014 - 2024
  • Chart 26 – Change in the number of 3G subscribers by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 27 – Change in the 3G subscriber market share by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 28 – Change in the number of GSM subscribers by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 29 – Change in the GSM subscriber market share by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 30 – Growth in the number of Mobilis’s subscriber base – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 31 – Change in the number of Djezzy’s mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 32 – Decline in Djezzy’s financial data (DZD) – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 33 – Decline in Djezzy’s financial data (US $) – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 34 – Decline in Djezzy’s blended ARPU – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 35 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 36 – Change in Ooredoo’s mobile ARPU by segment – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 37 – Growth in the number of Ooredoo’s mobile subscriber base – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 38 – Decline in the number of Ooredoo’s wireless broadband subscriber base – 2014 – 2019

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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