Competitive Landscape; Mobile Network Operators (Part 1)
The most recent launch of new mobile brands in Egypt is WE, which was launched in September 2017. There are three mobile operators in Algeria, the largest being Djezzy, the other two operators are Algerie Telecom and Ooredoo.
- Egypt has one of the largest mobile telecom markets in Africa with a penetration rate of 105%.
- Telecom Egypt received the country’s first unified services license in August 2016, which allows it to offer LTE services.
- The licenses also enable the providers to offer virtual fixed-line services using the infrastructure of Telecom Egypt.
- Telecom Egypt signs a three-year wholesale agreement with Vodafone Egypt, secures $200 million loan to expand LTE infrastructure.
- Vodafone Egypt sees subscriber decline into 2018.
- MVNO licenses are issued as part of the new unified licensing regime.
- Egypt has four MNOs: Vodafone Egypt, Orange Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and WE (Telecom Egypt).
- There are currently no MVNO's operating in Egypt.
- "As of November 2017 and excluding recently launched WE, Vodafone Egypt led the mobile segment with 44 million subscribers and a market share of 43.7%, according to Beltone Financial.
- The launch of WE in September 2017 brought a fourth operator to an already competitive arena.
- WE is set to use other operators’ physical network, like a mobile virtual network operator.
- WE’s first months were successful in terms of subscription numbers.
- By the end of the third quarter of 2017, just 12 days after the operator launched it had already acquired 350,000 customers, and by early December had 1.7 million.
- “It was followed by Orange Egypt with 33.5 million subscribers and a 33.3% market share, and Etislalat Misr with 23.2 million subscribers and a 23% share."
- Vodaphone Egypt has led market share in Egypt since 2010.
- MVNO licenses can be issued in the country.
- "Algeria and Tunisia agree to end roaming charges for travelers" which has led to improved service throughout both countries.
- Mobile penetration in Algeria is at about 116%.
- With the increases in taxes on voice and data services, the competition between the trio has had a negative effect on operator revenue.
- Regulator allows network operators to extend LTE services to additional provinces.
- VEON sells its 51% stake in Djezzy to a government investment fund for $2.64 billion.
- Algeria has three mobile operators. The largest mobile operator by subscriber numbers is Djezzy.
- There have not been any recent launch in the country.
- The other two operators are Algerie Telecom which is a state-owned operator and Ooredoo.
- Algérie Télécom contracts Huawei to build a national fiber network benefiting one million customers.
- Algerian Space Agency launches Algeria’s first telecommunications satellite.
- Company of Telecommunications Infrastructure Algeria set up to manage a national fiber network.
- Algeria is also part of the 4,500km terrestrial Trans-Saharan Backbone network which will connect the national network with other fiber networks in the region.
- Mobilis named universal service provider for 750 locations.
- Algerie Telecom investing at least $1.74 billion this year.
- Algerie Telecom’s cellular division Mobilis has announced the expansion of its 4G LTE mobile network to ten additional provinces.
- Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis) has tested gigabit-capable mobile technology in Oran, a port city in north-western Algeria, as part of the ‘Smart Algeria’ forum.
- Algerie Telecom (AT) has lost a court case brought by consumer protection association APOCE regarding the telco’s scrapping of a low-cost offer for fixed modem 4G LTE wireless broadband users.
- Mobile operator Ooredoo Algeria has obtained authorization from the Authority for Regulation of Post & Telecoms to expand its 4G LTE network to all 48 wilayas (provinces) of the country.