Telecommunications in Algeria
Algeria (الجزائر / Algérie), officially the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a sovereign state in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast. Its capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the country's far north.
Cellular and mobile broadband markets are served by three operators, Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis), launched in 1999; Optimum Telecom Algérie (OTA, trading as Djezzy) entered the telecommunication market in 2002; and Ooredoo (formerly Nedjma) followed in 2004. The fixed telecommunication and Internet market is served by Algerie Telecom. As of June 2018 mobile coverage reaches 90.0% of the population, and 4G LTE accessible by 30.5% of Algerians, a significant increase from just 3.6% in 2017.
Algeria has been witnessing widespread change and development in its Internet and telecommunication markets. With three competing operators, Algeria offers affordable prices for fixed and fixed-broadband services, and lower-than-average prices in the region.
The efforts made by the Government of Algeria over the past 15 years, and in particular during the last 5 years, have resulted in high levels of mobile penetration, indicating how wide mobile broadband and fibre-optic network coverage is in the country, and how well mobile operators and Algérie Telecom have managed to roll this out. Algeria has a fast growth in term of infrastructures deployment, not only at the national level but also as a regional actor that could insure connectivity within remote areas of neighbouring countries.