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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.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and 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, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the 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:

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, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market data developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Henry LancasterOctober 2019

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Historical overview

4.2 Market analysis

4.3 Regional Africa Market Comparison

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Historical overview

5.2 Law of 2000

5.3 Regulatory authority

5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation

5.5 Privatisation

5.6 Universal Service Telecommunications (UTS)

5.7 Interconnection

5.8 Access

6 Fixed network operators

6.1 Algerie Telecom

6.2 Lacom (CAT, defunct)

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National infrastructure

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Smart infrastructure

8 Broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

8.3 Fibre

8.4 Other fixed broadband services

9 Digital economy

9.1 E-learning

9.2 E-health

9.3 E-government

9.4 E-payments

10 Mobile communications

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Regulatory issues

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.6 Mobile content and services

11 Appendix Historic data

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 (USD ) 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

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 USD ) 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

Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 2 North Africa-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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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.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and 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, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the 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:

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, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market data developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Henry LancasterOctober 2019

READ MORE

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Historical overview

4.2 Market analysis

4.3 Regional Africa Market Comparison

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Historical overview

5.2 Law of 2000

5.3 Regulatory authority

5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation

5.5 Privatisation

5.6 Universal Service Telecommunications (UTS)

5.7 Interconnection

5.8 Access

6 Fixed network operators

6.1 Algerie Telecom

6.2 Lacom (CAT, defunct)

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National infrastructure

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Smart infrastructure

8 Broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

8.3 Fibre

8.4 Other fixed broadband services

9 Digital economy

9.1 E-learning

9.2 E-health

9.3 E-government

9.4 E-payments

10 Mobile communications

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Regulatory issues

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.6 Mobile content and services

11 Appendix Historic data

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 (USD ) 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

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 USD ) 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

Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 2 North Africa-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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