Algeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses: September 2018

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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:- September 2018 (17th Edition)

Executive Summary

Algeria to see 4,000 health centres internet-enabled via satellite links

Although Algeria’s fixed-line penetration has seen a steady decline for a number of years government-funded efforts are continuing to ensure that fixed-line infrastructure is extended to underserved areas. This project, accounting for about 500 remaining communities, forms part of the Universal Service Telecommunications (UTS) program. The country’s relatively well-developed infrastructure includes a national fibre backbone which was augmented with a new subsea link to Valencia in April 2017. Algeria is also part of the 4,500km terrestrial Trans-Saharan Backbone network which will connect the national network with other fibre networks in the region.

Mobile penetration is growing slowly, a sign that some level of market saturation has been reached. The regulator was slow to issue 3G licences, while LTE licensees did not launch services until late 2016. Despite this tardiness, there have been significant gains in the adoption of LTE services. Coverage obligations, together with investments made in the intervening months, will ensure that LTE services will be extended rapidly in coming years in a bid to secure national internet coverage by the 2022 target.

There is also intensifying price competition between the three MNOs – Algerie Telecom’s Mobilis, Orascom’s Djezzy, and Wataniya’s Ooredoo Algeria. Together with increases in taxes on voice and data services, this competition has had a negative effect on operator revenue.

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. The success of the UTS authorisations since 2016 has meant that by the beginning of 2018 mobile internet accounted for about 92% of all internet connections.

This report covers Algeria’s fixed-line telecom market, including developments in infrastructure and government efforts to extend services nationally. The report also reviews the fixed broadband market, providing key statistics, profiles of the major players, and broadband subscriber forecasts. In addition, the report covers the mobile sector, including analyses on operator strategies and recent spectrum licensing, as well as profiles of the major players, an assessment of their operating and financial performance, and subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • GSM-R system extended along a 418km rail line;
  • Regulator allows network operators to extend LTE services to additional provinces;
  • Finance Law increases tax on voice and data services;
  • Algerie Telecom contracts Huawei to build a national fibre network benefiting one million customers;
  • African Development Bank (ADB) finances the Trans-Saharan fiber-optic backbone project (SDR);
  • New Code of Posts and Electronic Communications legislation providing for local loop unbundling;
  • Orval cable system linking Oran with Valencia completed;
  • Algerian Space Agency launches Algeria’s first telecommunications satellite;
  • Mobilis extends use of network for remote electricity meter reading, contracts Huawei as partner for its network migration to 5G;
  • Satellite-based tele-medicine network to be extended to more than 4,000 health centres;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2017; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2018; recent market 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, Algérie Télécom, Lacom

Table of Contents

  • 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 Overview and statistics
    • 4.2 Algérie Télécom
      • 4.2.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • 4.2.2 National backbone network
      • 4.2.3 Domestic satellite network
      • 4.2.4 Next Generation Networks (NGN)
    • 4.3 Lacom (CAT, defunct)
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 National infrastructure
      • 5.1.1 Algérie Télécom
      • 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 – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 6.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 6.3 Fibre
    • 6.4 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.4.1 Wireless broadband
  • 7. Digital economy
    • 7.1 E-learning
    • 7.2 E-health
    • 7.3 E-government
    • 7.4 E-payments
  • 8. Mobile communications
    • 8.1 Market analysis
    • 8.2 Mobile statistics
      • 8.2.1 General statistics
      • 8.2.2 Mobile data
      • 8.2.3 Mobile broadband
      • 8.2.4 Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 8.3 Regulatory issues
      • 8.3.1 Registration of subscriber details
      • 8.3.2 Interconnection
      • 8.3.3 Licensing
    • 8.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 8.4.1 5G
      • 8.4.2 4G (LTE)
      • 8.4.3 3G
      • 8.4.4 GSM
      • 8.4.5 GSM-R
      • 8.4.6 Other infrastructure developments
    • 8.5 Major mobile operators
      • 8.5.1 Algerie Telecom (Mobilis)
      • 8.5.2 Optimum Telecom Algerie (Djezzy)
      • 8.5.3 Wataniya Telecom (Nedjma, Ooredoo)
    • 8.6 Mobile content and services
      • 8.6.1 M-payments
      • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Algeria – 2018 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telephony market revenue by service (DZD) – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 3 – Telephony market revenue by service ($) – 2000 - 2016
      • Table 4 – Fixed-line and mobile traffic – 2002 - 2015
      • Table 5 – Fixed-line traffic per line per month – 2008 - 2015
      • Table 6 – WLL lines – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 7 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 8 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 9 – Fixed lines in service by type – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 10 – International bandwidth – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 11 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 12 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 13 – Fixed-line (DSL) broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 - 2018
      • Table 14 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2023
      • Table 15 – WiMAX broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 16 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 17 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 18 – Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 19 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 20 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 21 – Mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 22 – Market share of subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 23 – Mobile ARPU – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 24 – SMS traffic – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 25 – Mobile broadband subscribers by technology – 2014 - 2018
      • Table 26 – Mobile broadband subscriber penetration – 2014 - 2018
      • Table 27 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table 28 – mobile termination rates by operator – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 29 – LTE subscribers by operator –2017
      • Table 30 – 3G subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 31 – 3G subscriber market share by operator – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 32 – GSM subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 33 – GSM subscriber market share by operator – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 34 – Mobilis subscribers – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 35 – Djezzy subscribers – 2002 - 2018
      • Table 36 – Djezzy financial data (DZD) – 2008 - 2018
      • Table 37 – Djezzy financial data (USD) – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 38 – Djezzy blended ARPU – 2012 - 2018
      • Table 39 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 - 2018
      • Table 40 – Ooredoo blended ARPU – 2009 - 2018
      • Table 41 – Ooredoo mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Table 42 – Ooredoo wireless broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
      • Chart 1 – Telephony market revenue by service ($) – 2000 – 2016
      • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 3 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 4 – Fixed-line (DSL) broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 – 2018
      • Chart 5 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 6 – Market share of subscribers by platform – 2014 – 2017
      • Chart 7 – Djezzy financial data – 2013 – 2018
      • Chart 8 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 – 2018