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

  • November 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 51 pages

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

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


List of Tables

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


List of Charts

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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