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Technological advances over the past decade have played a fundamental role in transforming business practices and promoting a new digital culture in Algeria. As a result of this expansion, a range of new innovations and trends has developed, leading to the reshaping of the telecoms industry. Government efforts to boost levels of internet...

 

Advances in the digital environment have been key to Algeria’s recent rise in global economic and development indices. The country was named the “most dynamic” Arab market in the ICT Development Index 2016, released by the UN’s International Telecommunications Union, rising nine places to 103rd out of 175 countries. Algeria has prioritised IT...

Chapter | ICT from The Report: Algeria 2017

Technological advances over the past decade have played a fundamental role in transforming business practices and promoting a new digital culture in Algeria. A major shift in Algeria’s IT landscape has taken place following the arrival of 3G and 4G technologies, with the internet penetration rate jumping from 25.6% in 2014 to 71.2% by the end of 2016. Although still under consideration, the...

The collapse in oil prices has weighed on the Algerian economy, giving rise to twin deficits in the budget and current account. In mid-2016 the government introduced a bold medium-term plan that targets a balanced budget by 2020, alongside a new growth model with a strategy for economic development and diversification by 2030. These moves have coincided with the private sector playing a much stronger role in the economy.

 

With its strong telecommunications infrastructure, and with rules in place to free tech start-ups from local ownership requirements, Qatar is a natural home for ICT entrepreneurship. However, the country’s start-up segment has faced challenges, not least a shortage of private sector investors willing to invest in high-risk propositions, given...

 

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