The number of active mobile subscribers in Algeria increased by 2%, moving from 45.14 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2020 to 46.04 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2021, according to the latest report of the Post and Electronic Communications Regulation Authority.
The same source explained that out of 46.04 million active subscribers, there are 39.66 million subscribers to the third and fourth generation network, i.e 86.14%, compared to 6.38 million subscribers on “GSM” network, i.e 13.86%.
As for the mobile network penetration rate, it recorded an increase of 1.65% between the first quarter of 2020 (103% penetration rate) and the first quarter of 2021 (104.65%).
The same document explained that “this increase is due to the slight increase in the mobile phone market on the one hand, and the increase in the Algerian population on the other hand.”
The volume of voice traffic generated in mobile networks reached 40,833 million minutes in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 6.98% compared to the same period in the previous year.
Out of the 40,833 million minutes, 86.48% were achieved in the internal network, 13.38% in the outgoing national network traffic, 0.08% in the outgoing international network traffic and 0.06% in the incoming international network traffic.
In the same context, the volume of SMS traffic used in mobile phone networks reached 2,230 million text messages, an increase of 8.78% compared to the same period in 2020.
Out of the 2,230 million text messages, 87.11% were sent through the internal network, 11.01% through outgoing national network traffic, 0.27% through outgoing international network traffic, and 1.61% through incoming international network traffic.
For its part, the MMS traffic sent from mobile networks witnessed a decrease of 93%, thus moving from 91,294 MMS to 6,344 MMS between the first quarter of 2020 and the same period in 2021.
This report has been prepared based on a population estimated at 44 million people in Algeria, and an estimated number of 7.33 million families as of March 31, 2021.