The Algerian telecom market generated U.S. $ 5.5 billion in 2011, an increase of 17% over 2010, when the sector’s revenues were $ 4.7 billion, according to the Ministry of Posts, Information Technology and Communication of the country. This figure includes all operators of fixed and mobile telephony and Internet access providers.
According to Ministry’s director of communications, Zoheir Meziane the sector of information technology and communication accounts for 4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Algeria. “The national goal is to raise the participation of telecommunications to 8% of GDP,” Meziane said. According to the World Bank, Algeria’s GDP in 2010 amounted to US$159.43 Billion.
The Algerian program to upgrade the telecommunications infrastructure expects an investment of US$ 3 billion in the period between the years 2010 to 2014, according to the director. The industry employs about 100,000 people, and by 2014 it intends to create over 100 000 direct jobs and 300,000 indirect jobs. The country’s ability to train new professionals ranging from 9,000 to 10,000 per year, but from 2014 the need will be 20 thousand per year.