Comms minister proposes fibre management JV

2 Nov 2012

According to a report by Agence Ecofin, Moussa Benhamadi, Algeria’s Minister of Post and ICT, has proposed the establishment of a joint venture for the management of the country’s fibre-optic networks. Said business will seek to encourage the promotion of broadband services within the north African nation by encouraging infrastructure-based tie-ups with other sectors, such as transport. The scheme will complement previously revealed government plans to implement its Plan National de la Fibre Optique (PNFO). Speaking at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World conference in Dubai last month Benhamadi commented: ‘The first step is to commit to making better use of all fibres held by the companies, including the energy sector (15,000km), railways (nearly 5,000km), telecommunications (50,000km), and other companies and government agencies in the country’.