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Communications in Algeria


Radio and television remain under government control in Algeria. Satellite dish antennas are widespread and millions of citizens have access to European and Middle Eastern broadcast stations. In 2003, there were an estimated 244 radios and 114 television sets for every 1,000 people.

Telephones numbered just over 3.2 million main lines in 2012, with almost 38 million cellular subscribers recorded in the same year. Satellite, cable and radiotelephone services link Algeria with most other parts of the world.

In 2009, there were around 4.7 million internet users.


Telephones - main lines in use : 3.2 million (2012)
Telephones - mobile cellular : 37.692 million (2012)
Telephone system

: general assessment: privatisation of Algeria's telecommunications sector began in 2000; three mobile cellular licenses have been issued and, in 2005, a consortium led by Egypt's Orascom Telecom won a 15-year licence to build and operate a fixed-line network in Algeria; the licence will allow Orascom to develop high-speed data and other specialised services and contribute to meeting the large unfulfilled demand for basic residential telephony; Internet broadband services began in 2003
domestic: a limited network of fixed lines with a teledensity of less than 10 telephones per 100 persons has been offset by the rapid increase in mobile-cellular subscribership; in 2011, mobile-cellular teledensity was roughly 100 telephones per 100 persons
international: country code - 213; landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-4 fiber-optic submarine cable system that provides links to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia; microwave radio relay to Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, and Tunisia; coaxial cable to Morocco and Tunisia; participant in Medarabtel; satellite earth stations - 51 (Intelsat, Intersputnik, and Arabsat) (2011)
Broadcast media : state-run Radio-Television Algerienne operates the broadcast media and carries programming in Arabic, Berber dialects, and French; use of satellite dishes is widespread, providing easy access to European and Arab satellite stations; state-run radio operates several national networks and roughly 40 regional radio stations (2007)
Internet country code : .dz
Internet hosts : 676 (2012)
Internet users : 4.7 million (2009)




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