According to a report on the El Mujahid website, Algerie Telecom (AT) has pledged to expand its burgeoning fibre-optic network, by adding around 228km of new cable to its existing infrastructure in the Wilaya (province) of Tebessa, which is located in the far North East of the country, 20km from the Tunisian border. The fibre will be deployed as follows: 90km between Tebessa and Ouenza, 78km between Cheria and Bir El Ater, 30km between Cheria and Hammamet and 30km between Ouenza and El Aouinet. It is anticipated that following the project’s completion, the total length of fibre in Tebessa will reach 446km. This would mean that around 50% of homes in Tebessa would have access to fibre. Although the operator’s main focus is the replacement of its legacy infrastructure, AT pointed out that it hopes to significantly improve broadband connectivity in the region. Despite the proximity to Tunisia, no plans for cross-border connectivity have been mooted thus far.