Algeria - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses: November 2017

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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 and mobile 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:- November 2017 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

 

Algeria passes legislation enabling local loop unbundling

Algeria’s fixed-line penetration began to grow in 2016 after several years of decline, with fixed-line household penetration being three percentage points higher than at the end of 2014. This trend 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 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 relatively low by regional standards. The regulator was slow to issue 3G licences, while LTE licensees did not launch services until September 2016. 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 deliver mobile broadband to rural areas as per the UTS program. There is intensifying price competition between the three MNOs – Algerie Telecom’s Mobilis, Orascom’s Djezzy, and Wataniya’s Ooredoo Algeria. Together with increases in tax 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. This created an environment which encouraged alternative operators to invest in fixed-wireless accesses. The provision of LTE by all three MNOs has done much to ensure the availability of mobile internet access across the country.

The government has also enabled players by the February 2017 Code of Posts and Electronic Communications to access Algérie Télécom’s infrastructure through local loop unbundling, thus ending the incumbent’s effective monopoly on DSL-based services.

Improved international connectivity has substantially reduced the cost of broadband services in recent years. Algérie Télécom 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 contains an overview of Algeria’s telecom market, providing key statistics, profiles of the major players and as assessment of infrastructure developments. It also covers the fixed-line broadband sector as well as the mobile market, including analyses on operator strategies and recent spectrum licensing.

Key developments:

  • Finance Law increases tax on voice and data services;
  • Algerie Telecom contracts Huawei to build a national fibre network benefiting one million customers;
  • Algeria signs agreement with Niger to share expertise in postal and ICT services;
  • 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;
  • Regulator awards three Universal Telecommunications Service licences to provide basic telecom services in underserved areas;
  • Orval cable system linking Oran with Valencia completed;
  • Government drafts law to promote e-commerce;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data update for 2016, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2017, recent market data developments.

 

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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 Algérie Télécom
      • 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 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 – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 6.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 6.3 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.3.1 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 – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 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 Digital networks
      • 8.4.2 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 – Country statistics Algeria – 2017 (e)
      • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2017
      • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (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 – Fixed-line traffic per line per month – 2008 - 2015
      • Table 11 – Algérie Télécom fixed-line ARPU – 2002 - 2015
      • Table 12 – WLL lines – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 13 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 14 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 15 – Fixed lines in service by type – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 16 – International bandwidth – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 17 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 18 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 19 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2003 - 2018
      • Table 20 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table 21 – DSL subscribers – 2011 – 2017
      • Table 22 – WiMAX broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 23 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 24 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 25 – Proportion of prepaid and contract subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 26 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 27 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 28 – Mobile ARPU – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 29 – Market share of subscribers by platform – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 30 – SMS traffic – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 31 – Mobile broadband subscribers by technology – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 32 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table 33 – mobile termination rates by operator – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 34 – GSM subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 35 – GSM subscriber market share by operator – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 36 – 3G subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 37 – 3G subscriber market share by operator – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 38 – LTE subscribers by operator – 2016
      • Table 39 – Mobilis subscribers – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 40 – Djezzy subscribers – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 41 – Djezzy financial data (DZD) – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 42 – Djezzy financial data (USD) – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 43 – Djezzy blended ARPU – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 44 – Ooredoo financial data (QAR) – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 45 – Ooredoo blended ARPU – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 46 – Ooredoo mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 47 – Ooredoo wireless broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2017
      • Chart 1 – Telephony market revenue by service ($) – 2000 – 2015
      • Chart 2 – Fixed lines in service and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 3 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 5 – Djezzy financial data – 2013 – 2017