Internet and telephone in Algeria: here are the numbers

The Regulatory Authority for Postal and Electronic Communications (ARPCE) published in its latest report, the numbers of telephone (fixed and mobile) and Internet subscribers in Algeria. Nearly 47 million subscribers were registered in fixed and mobile internet during the first quarter of 2022 in Algeria, compared to 43.5 million during the same period in 2021, an increase of nearly 8% in one year, according to ARPCE.

The number of subscribers to fixed telephone networks (wired, 4G LTE and Fiber FTTH) in Algeria exceeded 5.20 million in the first quarter of 2022, while it was 4.82 million in the same period of 2021, an increase of 7.83%, referring to the latest. A report from the Postal and Electronic Communications Regulatory Authority (ARPCE), published by APS on Friday, August 12th. The authority also specified that out of the total number of subscribers to fixed telephone networks, it was 3.60 million subscribers to wired networks and 1.36 million subscribers to 4G LTE / Wimax wireless networks.

Of the 5.20 million subscribers in fixed-line networks in the first quarter of this year, 4.75 million were residential subscribers and 447,436 were professional, and the same source identifies, adding that “at the end of March 2022, the number of subscribers in residential fixed-line networks was 91.40% of total fixed-line subscribers, compared to 8.60% of professional subscribers.”

More than 5.2 million landline subscribers registered in Algeria

For its part, the number of FTTH telephony subscribers increased from “92,937 in the first quarter of 2021 to 216,900 in the first quarter of 2022,” ARPCE notes. The penetration rate of fixed telephone networks recorded a slight change, reaching 11.80% in the first quarter of this year, compared to 10.96% during the same period in 2021.

With regard to the mobile phone, more than 47.67 million subscribers were registered during the first quarter of 2022 in Algeria, compared to 46.04 million subscribers in the first quarter of the previous year, an increase of 3.35%, ARPCE indicates in its report. “Of the 47.67 million active mobile subscribers, there are 42.68 million 3G / 4G subscribers, or 89.54% of the total number of subscribers, compared to 4.98 million GSM subscribers, or 10.46%,” the same source identifies.

The mobile network penetration rate reached 108.15% during the first quarter of 2022, compared to 104.65% during the first quarter of 2021, ARPCE notes, explaining that this increase is particularly due to the “slight increase in the mobile phone market.” The volume of voice traffic generated in mobile networks reached 41.574 million minutes in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 1.81% compared to the same period of the previous year, the same report identifies.

Nearly 47 million Internet (fixed and mobile) subscribers are registered as of March 31, 2022

With regard to mobile operators in Algeria, Mobilis ranks first in terms of subscribers in the first quarter of 2022, with 20.3 million GSM, 3G and 4G subscribers followed by Djezi (14.6 million) and Ooredoo (12.7 million), ARPCE confirms . Thus, the Mobilis operator registered an increase in the number of its subscribers by 20.3 million subscribers during the first quarter of this year, compared to 19.2 million subscribers during the same period of the previous year. It is followed by operator Djezzi with 14.6 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2022 (14.3 million subscribers in the same period in 2021) and Ooredoo with 12.7 million subscribers in 3G and 4G technologies as of March 31, 2022 (12.4 million in the same period). 2021), the report notes.

With regard to the Internet, “the total number of subscribers in Algeria reached 46.9 million during the first quarter of 2022, while it was 43.5 million during the first quarter of 2021, i.e. a development of 7.93% in a public space,” identifies the same source. Of the 46.9 million subscribers in the Internet, as of March 31 of this year, 4.2 million are in the fixed Internet (3.8 million during the same period in the previous year), and 42.6 million are in the mobile Internet (39.6 million during the first quarter of 2021)).

With regard to fixed internet, out of the 4.2 million subscribers of this service in Algeria, 2.7 million subscribers of broadband internet (ADSL), 1.3 million subscribers of fixed 4G LTE, 216,900 in optical fiber to the home (FTTH) and 443 in Wimax technology, from Among other things, ARPCE notes. Of the total number of subscribers to the fixed Internet, 97.5% were subscribers of the population compared to only 2.4% of professional subscribers, according to the same source.

As for subscribers to the various fixed Internet offers, 1.3% have speeds between 8M and 10M, 82.6% between 10M and 20M, 15.98% between 20M and 100M and 0,05% over 100M, indicates that ARBs. Traffic consumed increased from 706 million gigabytes (GB) during the first quarter of 2021 to 1,486 million gigabytes (1.4 terabytes) during the first quarter of 2022, according to ARPCE.

More than 42.6 million mobile internet subscribers were registered in the first quarter of 2022

With regard to the mobile Internet market (3G/4G) in Algeria, more than 42.6 million active subscribers were registered during the first quarter of 2022, compared to 39.6 million during the same period in 2021, according to the same report. Of the 42.6 million mobile Internet subscribers, 35.7 million mobile subscribers in 4G and 6.8 million in 3G, notes APRCE, which indicates that 97.25% of users have subscribed to voice and data type versus only 2.75% of total subscribers. For data shows only.

The volume of data traffic consumed exceeded 612.5 million gigabytes during the first quarter of this year, compared to 445.6 million gigabytes during the same period a year earlier, according to ARPCE. International bandwidth consumed during the first quarter of this year was estimated at 532.1 Gbit/s, down from the same period in the previous year when it was 663 Gbit/s. The ARPCE report indicates that the average monthly volume of data traffic consumed per subscriber as of March 31, 2022 was 5 GB compared to 3.7 GB during the first quarter of 2021.

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