Algeria ranks 15th worldwide in oil reserves, it has the eighth largest reserves of natural gas and is the fourth largest gas exporter. This has exposed the country more than others to the global economic crisis.
At over 80%, Algeria’s mobile market penetration is one of the highest in Africa. The downward trend of average revenue per user (ARPU) had already appeared to be stabilising in 2008 as subscriber growth flattened, but then it dropped by more than 10% in the first half of 2009.
BuddeComm has released a new report, Algeria – Mobile Market Overview, Statistics & Forecasts which contains an overview of the market, analysis and key statistics, profiles of the major players, and scenario forecasts for the period 2009 – 2013 of subscriber growth, ARPU, and the mobile services market size in terms of revenue, illustrated by seven tables and three charts.
However, the report also shows that the market still has enormous potential, if the mobile networks succeed in ending their price war and transforming themselves into converged service providers, absorbing much of the broadband Internet market on top of the mobile voice market. The analysis can be used as a model for other developing markets where subscriber growth is approaching saturation and operators are trying to reverse the downward trend in ARPU.
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