Algeria ranks second among the leaders of the telecom and internet markets (fixed and mobile) in Africa for the year 2019, according to a recent ranking published by « BuddeComm’s Telecoms Maturity Index » which indicates that Algeria is coming in head of the ICT sector in Africa ahead of Mauritius and South Africa in third place, thanks to its important infrastructure in the field of telecommunications and the partnership of the incumbent « Mobilis « , One of the country’s powerful mobile operators, with the Chinese giant » Huawei « as a partner for the realization of the first fifth generation (5G) network in the country.
The report of « BuddeComm’s Telecoms Maturity Index » based on 100 criteria, of which we have a copy of it, indicates that « Mauritius remains the telecom market in Africa, occupying alongside Algeria and South Africa the top three places, totaling (49), (43) and (34) points respectively, ahead of Ghana and Tunisia. This is due to the stimulation of the thriving tourism market, the broadband telecommunications sector and the fixed and mobile internet, thanks to a vast infrastructure of the DSL network, while the operators have deployed the services based on media in optical fiber across multiple sites. In parallel, Mauritius has invested Rs 5.1 billion for the deployment of fiber optics throughout the island, which has provided a service for about 85% of the company’s fixed Internet customer base « . With regard to Algeria, the report states that the operator « Mobilis », one of the three major mobile operators in Algeria, has signed a contract with « Huawei » as a partner for the realization of its 5G network , emphasizing that « the rate of use of mobile phones in Algeria is around 116% and 92% for the mobile internet of the total internet connections in the country ».
In addition, Algeria Telecom’s infrastructure projects and its partners have contributed to Algeria taking an advanced position in the field of telecommunications and information technologies, through the implementation of an ambitious strategy consisting of: deploying and extending the use of the fiber optic network for the Internet and fixed telephony (LTE), as well as connecting entire cities and regions to broadband internet (FTTX). As for South Africa, the third country in terms of deployment and generalization of telecommunications and internet services, the penetration rate of mobile phones reached nearly 169% at the beginning of 2019. This is partly explained the popularity of multiservice cards and the deployment of broadband internet services for mobile devices, of which mobile internet accounts for 95% of the country’s total internet connections. «
The global report discusses the three most competitive African countries in the internet and fixed and mobile phone markets, with Libya at the top with 23 points, followed by Lesotho with 20.5 and Zimbabwe. third with 20.2 points while Mauritania totaled 13 points in the 2018 ranking, followed by Uganda with 13 points and Kenya third with 12 points. Burundi, Uganda and Nigeria were also among the top three countries in the ICT sector, posting 9.4, 9.3 and 9.1 points, respectively, while Last year’s ranking (2018) went to Angola with 07 points, Chad (07) points and Cameroon with (06) points.
The report notes that « the mobile phone service remains predominant throughout Africa and currently accounts for more than 90% of all telephone lines in the African continent, mainly due to the very poor state of the telephone and telephone infrastructure. fixed internet in most markets, making access to mobile internet faster, more efficient and less expensive, hence the high rate of mobile internet use, which is 95% to 99% order.
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