Algeria launches 3G licences auction

1 Aug 2013

Algeria’s telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) launched a tender for the authorisation of 3G mobile networks on 1 August 2013. According to a press release, the regulator will award three licences to Algerian mobile operators for the provision of 3G services; interested parties need to submit their tender applications and pay a fee of DZD1 million (USD12,590) fee before 15 August 2013.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Moussa Benhamadi, Algeria’s Minister of Posts, IT and Communications, confirmed that 3G services will be introduced to the country in November 2013. The Algerian government previously postponed the long-awaited tender in order to complete the acquisition of local mobile operator Djezzy. Although negotiations between Djezzy’s current owner, Russian-backed Vimpelcom group, and Algiers regarding the planned purchase have reportedly stalled on numerous occasions, Benhamati noted that discussions between both sides are ‘currently ongoing and on track’.