Algeria Telecoms Market Report

Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 3 Jun 2022 Update History

Report Pages: 167

Algerian government looking to support a 5G launch in 2022

Algeria has a steadily developing telecom infrastructure with growth encouraged by supportive regulatory measures and by government policies aimed at delivering serviceable internet connections across the country.

Mobile broadband is largely based on 3G and LTE, and the data rates are also low in global terms. Although LTE is available in all provinces, much investment is required from the MNOs to improve the quality of service. The state has previously been hesitant to commit to 5G, instead encouraging the MNOs to undertake upgrades to LTE infrastructure before investing in commercial 5G services. However, in an about-turn in March 2022 it divulged that it was in the process of freeing up the requisite spectrum to enable the MNOs to launch 5G services, possibly in 2022.

Fixed internet speeds remain slow, and the country ranks poorly in international tables. Some efforts are ongoing to address this, with the government having pressed Algérie Télécom in early 2021 to increase the minimum rate available from 4Mb/s to 10Mb/s.

Intensifying price competition between the three MNOs – Mobilis, Djezzy and Ooredoo Algeria – together with taxes on voice and data services, have had a negative effect on operator revenue. The difficult operating climate encouraged VEON to sell its entire share in Djezzy in mid-2021, allowing it to focus on its more profitable markets. The stake has since been valued at $682 million.

BuddeComm notes that the Covid-19 pandemic as well as global headwinds such as the ongoing Russian military action in Ukraine, continue to have an impact on the near-term growth trajectory of the Algerian telecoms market. Spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working and the uptake of OTT services and solutions, is helping to offset such pressures.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the public health crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

  • Regulator again provides MNOs with additional spectrum to address poor services;
  • Government approves procedures for implementing MNP;
  • Regulator awards additional 900MHz spectrum to MNOs;
  • Government argues for upgrades to LTE networks to be prioritised before MNOs invest in 5G, prepares for a 5G launch before end-2022;
  • NEC and Juniper Networks roll out Algeria Telecom's IP Metro Network;
  • Algerian Telecom Group and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications establish a roadmap for the national fibre network, plan to double international fibre capacity;
  • AFR-IX confirms plans to build Medusa subsea cable with Algeria to be one of 16 landing points;
  • MNO’s LTE infrastructure reaches all 48 provinces, though QoS is considered poor;
  • Government initiates national infrastructure project to replace copper network with fibre;
  • VEON in the process of selling its entire 45.57% stake in OTA to the Algerian National Investment Fund, with the share valued at $682 million;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data update to end-2021, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2022, updated 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

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