Nearly 47 million subscribers to landline Internet (ADSL, FTTH and 4G LTE/Wimax) and mobile (3G and 4G) were registered during the 1st quarter of 2022 in Algeria, against 43.5 million during the same period in 2021, an increase of nearly 8% in one year, indicates the Regulatory Authority for Post and Electronic Communications (ARPCE), in its latest report.
“The total number of Internet subscribers reached 46.9 million during the 1st quarter of 2022, while it was 43.5 million during the 1st quarter of 2021, an evolution of 7.93% in just one year”, specifies the same source.
Of the 46.9 million Internet subscribers as of March 31 of the current year, 4.2 million are landline Internet subscribers (3.8 million during the same period of the previous year), and 42.6 million to mobile internet (39.6 million during the 1st quarter of 2021).
Regarding landline internet, of the 4.2 million subscribers to this service, 2.7 million subscribed to broadband internet (ADSL), 1.3 million to landline 4G LTE, 216,900 to optical fiber to the home (FTTH) and 443 to Wimax technology, among others, notes the ARPCE report.
Of the overall number of landline Internet subscribers (4.2 million), 97.5% were residential subscribers compared to only 2.4% professional subscribers.
As for subscribers to the various landline Internet offers, 1.3% have speeds between 8 Mega and 10 Mega, 82.6% between 10 Mega and 20 Mega and 15.98% between 20 Mega and 100 Mega and 0, 05% more than 100 Mega, indicates the ARPCE.
The volume of Data traffic consumed has, for its part, doubled in one year, going from 706 million Gigabytes (GB) during the 1st quarter of 2021 to 1,486 million GB (1.4 Terabytes) during the 1st quarter of 2022, notes the authority, stating that of the 1,486 million GB consumed as of March 31, 1,314 million GB were consumed by ADSL subscribers, 76 million GB by landline 4G LTE subscribers and 96 million GB by FTTH subscribers.
The bandwidth consumed during the 1st quarter of 2022 was 2240 Gigabit/second (Gb/s) against 2220 Gb/s in the same period of 2021.
Regarding the mobile internet market (3G/4G), more than 42.6 million active subscribers were registered during the 1st quarter of 2022, compared to 39.6 million during the same period of 2021.
Of the 42.6 million mobile Internet subscribers, 35.7 million subscribe to the 4G mobile network and 6.8 million to 3G, notes the APRCE, which points out that 97.25% of users have subscribed to voice and Data-type subscriptions compared to only 2.75% of total subscribers subscribed to Data-only offers.
It is also noted that an overall volume of Data traffic consumed exceeded 612.5 million GB during the 1st quarter of the current year, compared to 445.6 during the same period the previous year.
The international bandwidth consumed during the first quarter of the current year was estimated at 532.1 Gb/s, down from the same period the previous year when it was 663 Gb /s.
The average monthly volume of Data traffic consumed per subscriber as of March 31, 2022 was 5 GB (3.7 GB during the 1st quarter of 2021), notes the balance sheet.
It should be noted that this report was drawn up according to an Algerian population estimated at 44.08 million and a number of households estimated at 7.34 million as of March 31, 2022.