Algeria sees cybercafé culture boom

28 Apr 2005

In a report published this week, Algeria’s telecoms minister Amar Tou has declared 2005 to be the ‘year of the internet’ for the north African country. According to Tou the number of internet cafés reached 5,000 by the end of 2004, up from only a hundred in 2000, and there are around 1.5 million internet users, many of whom make use of high speed ADSL connections provided by online cafés. The minister is spearheading a modernisation plan for the country’s previously underfunded internet sector, which lags behind neighbouring countries partly due to government funds being diverted into the fight against militant uprisings in the 1990s.