Algeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Forecasts

Algeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Forecasts

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Executive Summary

Government initiates plans to develop fixed-line telephony competition

With a fixed-line penetration of around 8% and mobile penetration close to 100%, Algeria has one of the highest telecom services teledensities in Africa. The country’s relatively well developed infrastructure includes a national fibre backbone and significant FttP deployments.

There remains no effective competition in the fixed-line sector since Lacom (a joint venture between Egypt’s Orascom Telecom and Telecom Egypt) exited the market in 2008. The proposed privatisation of Algerie Telecom has been in abeyance for some time. To stimulate the sector the government in late 2014 proposed reintroducing fixed-line telephony competition.

Solid mobile subscriber growth in recent years has meant that mobile penetration has now broached 100%. Given the intensifying price competition between the three MNOs, Algerie Telecom’s Mobilis, Orascom’s Djezzy, and Wataniya’s Ooredoo, their focus has shifted to raising ARPU and investing in mobile data services based on HSPA and LTE technologies. Following long delays, the regulator in late 2013 finally issued 3G licences, which together with LTE services launched by Mobilis in May 2014 will considerably boost mobile broadband services in coming years.

Although the mobile market has been affected by the recent social and political unrest, and investor confidence has been dented by recent moves from the government to take control of the country’s leading mobile operator, with the advent of 3G licences the MNOs have the chance to transform themselves into converged service providers and to take a share of the broadband market. As such, the country’s mobile market still has enormous potential for growth.

To complement mobile broadband services, Algerie Telecom has invested in DSL and WiMAX network upgrades. The liberalisation of the market for VoIP services has also enabled ISPs to become players in the sector, which is placing greater pressure on fixed-line voice services. Algerie Telecom is also investing in its national fibre infrastructure, and has become a major shareholder in a four-company national fibre project.

Key developments:

Government proposes opening up fixed-line telephony market to competition; Company of Telecommunications Infrastructure Algeria set up to manage a national fibre network; Orascom Telecom authorised to extend its networks to an additional four wilaya; regulator redefines active prepaid users; sale of a 51% stake in Djezzy to the National Investment Fund completed; Algerie Telecom extends LTE services to the residential sector; Mobilis sources domestically-built base stations, launches commercial LTE services; regulator responds to customer complaints of poor service from MNOs; VimpelCom sells its 51% stake in Djezzy to a government investment fund for $2.64 billion; Algerie Telecom embarks on infrastructure program to build 20,000km of fibre by 2016, connecting 20,000 locations; government pursues MSANs program to deliver broadband to towns with populations of between 1,000 and 2,000; Alcatel-Lucent wins submarine cable contracts; regulator’s market data updates; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2014; recent market developments.


Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year

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1. Key Statistics

1.1 Country overview

2. Telecommunications Market

2.1 Overview of Algeria's telecom market

3. Regulatory Environment

3.1 Historical background

3.2 Law of 2000

3.3 Regulatory authority

3.3.1 ARPT

3.4 Emerging cybercrime legislation

3.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in Algeria

3.6 Interconnection

4. Fixed Network Operators

4.1 Algerie Telecom

4.1.1 Privatisation

4.1.2 Network infrastructure

4.1.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

4.1.4 National backbone network

4.1.5 Domestic satellite network

4.1.6 Next Generation Networks (NGN)

4.1.7 Fibre-to-the-Premise (FttP), Triple Play

4.2 Lacom (CAT, defunct)

5. Telecommunications Infrastructure

5.1 Alternative national fibre infrastructure

5.1.1 AETC

5.1.2 CITA

5.2 National infrastructure

5.3 International infrastructure

6. Internet Market

6.1 Overview

6.1.1 Internet statistics

6.2 Internet cafes

6.3 PC penetration

6.4 Algeria's ISP market

6.4.1 Djaweb

6.4.2 EEPAD

6.4.3 Swan Informatique, Satlinker

6.4.4 IcosNet

6.4.5 Smart Link Communication (SLC)

6.4.6 Lacom (defunct)

7. Broadband Market

7.1 Government support

7.2 ADSL

7.3 Wireless broadband

7.3.1 WiMAX and WiFi

7.3.2 EV-DO

7.4 Mobile broadband

7.5 Broadband via satellite

7.6 Convergence

7.6.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

7.6.2 Triple play

8. Digital Media/DIGITAL ECONOMY

8.1 E-learning

8.2 Academic sector

8.3 E-health

8.4 E-government

8.5 E-payments

8.6 Blogs

8.7 Facebook and LinkedIn

9. Mobile Communications

9.1 Overview of Algeria's mobile market

9.1.1 Mobile statistics

9.1.2 Mobile market shares

9.1.3 3G services

9.2 Regulatory issues

9.2.1 Registration of subscriber details

9.3 Major mobile operators

9.3.1 Algerie Telecom (Mobilis)

9.3.2 Orascom Telecom Algerie (Djezzy)

9.3.3 Wataniya Telecom (Nedjma, Ooredoo)

9.4 Mobile handsets

9.5 Tariffs

9.6 ARPU

9.7 Mobile data services

9.7.1 SMS

9.7.2 MMS


9.7.4 Third generation (3G)

9.7.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)

9.8 GSM-R

9.9 Satellite mobile

10. Forecasts

10.1 Forecasts internet users 2013; 2016

10.2 Forecast mobile subscribers 2013; 2016

Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2005 - 2014

Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2014

Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015

Chart 4 Djezzy financial data 2008 2014

Table 1 Country statistics Algeria 2014 (e)

Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2014 (e)

Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2014

Table 4 Internet user statistics 2013 (e)

Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)

Table 6 National telecommunications authority

Table 7 Social Media statistics - 2012

Table 8 Telephony market revenue by service 2010 - 2014

Table 9 Fixed-line traffic 2008 - 2014

Table 10 Fixed-line revenue and ARPU 2008 - 2013

Table 11 WLL lines 2008 - 2012

Table 12 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2004

Table 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2013

Table 14 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2004

Table 15 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2014

Table 16 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2003 - 2014

Table 17 Djaweb DSL pricing residential April 2014

Table 18 Djaweb WiFi/DSL pricing business April 2014

Table 19 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2004

Table 20 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015

Table 21 Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers 2009 - 2013

Table 22 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 - 2013

Table 23 Mobilis subscribers 2009 - 2014

Table 24 Djezzy subscribers 2002 - 2014

Table 25 Djezzy financial data 2008 - 2014

Table 26 Djezzy blended ARPU 2012 - 2014

Table 27 Ooredoo financial data (QAR) 2009 - 2013

Table 28 Ooredoo financial data (KWD) 2012 - 2014

Table 29 Ooredoo blended ARPU 2009 - 2012

Table 30 Ooredoo subscribers 2005 - 2014

Table 31 Forecast internet users 2013; 2016

Table 32 Forecast mobile subscribers 2013; 2016

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