Algeria to press ahead with plans for 3G tender

11 Apr 2008

Following the appointment of an unnamed French consultant earlier this year to advise on the country’s 3G licence awards, the Algerian government is now reported to be ready to launch a tender. Yesterday, the Algerian news agency APS reported that an announcement could come as early as next week with telecoms minister, Boudjema Haichour, saying that the prime minister is expected to give his approval during next week’s cabinet meeting.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database reports Egypt’s Orascom Telecom is currently the main player in Algeria’s mobile phone market with 13.4 million subscribers at the end of 2007, followed by state-owned firm Mobilis with 9.2 million and Kuwaiti group Wataniya Telecom with 4.5 million. Although it is not yet known how many licences will be on offer, all three are likely to be interested in the tender.