Algérie Mobile Network (AMN, known as Mobilis) has announced a twelve month extension of its turnkey services agreement with LCC International, in a deal worth USD19 million. The contract will see LLC providing full turnkey services to support Mobilis over the coming year.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, fixed line incumbent Algérie Télécom first launched mobile services in 1991 over an analogue NMT-900 network. However, with coverage limited to just four major city centres and a subscriber base which peaked at around 18,000 in 1998, it never took advantage of its monopoly status. In 1999 it launched a technologically superior GSM network via newly created subsidiary Mobilis. GPRS services were rolled out in February 2005 and the cellco has revealed ambitions to become the country’s first 3G service provider. A pilot UMTS project got under way in December 2005, but as yet the company has not released a timetable for the introduction of a commercial 3G network. Mobilis ended 2005 with around 4.8 million subscribers and a 36% mobile market share.