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Telecommunications market in Algeria is undergoing an evolution, particularly in fixed telephony; the latter has grown both in terms of service quality and number of subscribers since the year 2000.

 

The evolution of the subscribers number to fixed telephony in Algeria tends, in the last three years, to stability with more than three million subscribers. Moreover in 2017, it was decided to eliminate the fixed wireless telephony technology (WLL). This is consistent with the government's strategy to provide these areas with a more efficient communication infrastructure.

In 2017, the density of fixed telephony reached 7.50%, compared to 8.26% in 2016;this drop is due to the citizen’s approach to the mobile phone.

 

Residential subscribers in fixed telephony, which number accounted for 87.66% of total subscribers in 2017, have always dominated subscriptions to fixed telephony. The number of professional fixed-line subscriptions is down slightly, due to the trend towards mobile technology.

The fixed network penetration rate for households decreased in 2017 to reach 35.76%, due to the trend towards mobile technology.

The mobile phone market has been opened to competition in Algeria following the enactment of the general law n ° 2000-03 of August 5th, 2000 that defines the general rules of the post office and telecommunications. There are currently three mobile phone operators performing on the Algerian market.

Mobile phone services in Algeria have improved significantly. Indeed, the rate of the population covered by the mobile network exceeded 98% in 2017, which justifies, in part, the subscribers’ number which keeps rising to reach around 49.87 million in 2017 compared to 47.04 million subscribers in 2016, i.e. a 6.06% increase.

 

In Algeria, the 3G mobile phone service was launched in December 2013. 308,019 subscribers were recorded in just one month; this figure has increased twenty seven (27) fold in 2014, and has reached more than 23 million subscribers in 2017.

As part of the modernization and deployment of the telecommunications network nationwide, and the digital economy’s trend, the Minister of Post, Telecommunications, Technology and Digitalization had officially launched Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from Ouargla the fourth generation (4G) mobile telephony in Algeria.

After one year, 10,968,492 subscribers were registered, including 87.95% subscriptions in prepaid mode..

Indicators 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016   2017  
Number of 3G mobile phone subscriptions / 308 019 8 509 053 16 684 561 25 214 732 23701023
Number of 4G mobile phone subscriptions / / / / 1 464 811 10968495
Penetration rate to mobile networks 99.28% 102,40 % 109,62 % 107,40 % 113,35% 121.05%

As regards the distribution of market shares among operators, the order has not changed over the years. For mobile telephony, the operator Orascom Telecom Algeria held in 2017 the major share with 39.69%, followed by Algeria Telecom Mobilis and Wataniya Telecom Algeria respectively. As for the 3G and 4G market, Algeria Telecom Mobilis is the leader with 48.12% and 36.54% shares respectively.


Indicators: passive infrastructure 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Length of the optical fiber (KM) 46 231 50 800 61 556 70 700 76.514,56 81872
Number of communes connected to the Fiber Optic (FO) 1 000 1 081 1 229 1 321 1 477 1541
National Internet bandwidth in Mbit / s 130 000 172 021 348 000 1 390 000 / 801000
International Internet bandwidth in Mbit / s 104 448 166 000 278 000 485 155 630 150 810155

 

  • In the context of modernizing infrastructure and improving services, efforts to connect to fiber optics continue. At the end of 2017, all municipalities have been connected to fiber optics.
  • To meet the needs of the Algerian surfers and offer a quality service, the international bandwidth has steadily increased, and reached 810 155Mbits/s at the end of 2017.

 

 

Indicators: Internet Subscribers 2013 2014 2015 2016   2017  
ADSL subscribers 1 283 241 1 518 629 1 838 492 2 083 114 2246727
4G fixed LTE  -- 80 693 423 280 775 792 919368
WIMAX 179 216 233 661 621
3G mobile 308 019 8 509 053 18 021 881 25 214 732 23701023
4G mobile -- -- -- 1 464 811 10968495
Fixed internet (ADSL +4G LTE fixed+ WIMAX) 1 283 420 1 599 538 2 262 005 2 859 567 3166907
Mobile internet (3G+4G) 308 019 8 509 053 18 021 881 26 679 543 34669518
Total internet subscribers (Fixed and Mobile) 1 591 439 10 108 591 20 283 886 29 539 110 37836425

 

 

  • With regard to the Internet network in Algeria, the number of subscribers reached 37.83 million at the end of 2017, including 34 million subscribers for mobile Internet, the figure is on the rise with the introduction of fixed wireless broadband technology (4 G fixed LTE). .

 

Indicators: subscribers by debit 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016   2017  
128K 15 001 7 497 2 608 1 318 265 0
256K 252 303 158 181 48 599 26 048 14 168 0
512K 495 289 589 042 92 843 56 847 39 324 0
1M 381 180 511 386 832 535 990 988 1 050 288 1069377
2M 9 473 13 997 523 547 728 009 917 808 107434
2,3M 807 1 003 1 617 1 677 1 500 1080
3M 5 11 -- -- -- 1
4M 483 1 465 10 631 24 522 47 067 84488
7M 8 10 1 1 1 1
8M 185 602 6 050 8 805 11 703 15288
10M 7 18 1 531 1 1
20M 5 28 195 531 972 1656
24M up to less than 100 2 1 2 531 1 1
Total 1 154 748 1 283 241 1 518 629 1 838 746 2 083 098 2246727

 

  • The statistics indicate that there are no Internet subscribers in the lower categories of 1 MB / s, due to the sectoral policy to provide a high rate to meet the aspirations of the Algerian citizen. In 2017, Internet subscriptions with a bit rate of 1 Mbit / s represent more than 50% of the total number of subscribers.

 


Indicators 2015 2016
Number of sites web.dz 7148 9162
Number of institutional websites (ministries and related organisms) 587 587
Number of available application forms 265 /
Number of available online procedures 29 30
  • In order to develop e-administration, institutional websites were made available on-line, to enable citizens to access the various useful information, interact with the administration, and to perform some procedures online.


Indicators 2014 2015 2016
Number of KMS 24786 24065 --
Number of internet cafe -- 5548 6643
Number of call center 164 69 86
Audiotex 07 08 08
ISP 20 23 29
VoIP operator 03 03 03
GMPCS 30 03 02
VSAT 03 03 03
Fixed telephony 01 01 01
GSM mobile phone 03 03 03
3G mobile 03 03 03
  • Unlike the year 2015 when the number of call centers was in net regression, the activity of call centers progressed in 2016 with the integration of 17 new centers. The activity of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) continues to grow in Algeria with the integration of six new ISPs into the market in 2016.