ARPT withdraws 34 ISP licences for non-payment

24 Feb 2011

The El Moudjahid website is reporting that Algeria’s telecoms regulator, Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) has withdrawn the operating licences of 34 internet service providers (ISPs) with immediate effect. ARPT has declared that the ISPs have neglected to pay their annual licence fees or ‘number management service charges’, despite prior notifications. The ARPT has reportedly said that the licence cancellations do not affect its right to pursue legal action and recover the debts in court. The 34 companies stripped of their licences include: Algerian Wireless Network, Alonecom, AT & IT, Call Contact, Computing Communication and Control Engineering, Compass, Daya Net, DZ Line, Fatna Industrial Equipment Rental and Public Works, Net-Force, ICM Global Net, Informatique Generation Technique (IGT), Houa Imtihan, Internet Way, IPAT, International Satellite Communication Algeria (ISCA), Kourty Electronique, Korea Telecom Algerie, Mediterranean Network, Medianet, MTEL, Net Access, Nomad Phone, Phonitel Technology, Provider Internet Services (PIS), RT, Solution Electronique Informatique (SEI), Servnet, Skynet Works, Visonet, WebPhone Network and Wont.