Djezzy’s 3G licence award threatened

23 Oct 2013

Algerian mobile operator Djezzy, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Algeria (OTA), has reportedly failed to obtain a re-conveyance from the Bank of Algeria, which is one of the key requirements behind the award of a 3G licence in the country. Agence Ecofin reports that the company reportedly failed to address an outstanding debt of USD193 million in tax relief. If Djezzy fails to receive clearance from the bank, the country’s watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) could ban the cellco from receiving a final 3G licence, unless otherwise advised by the government.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, earlier this month the ARPT issued provisional 3G licences to all three applicants – Mobilis, Nedjma and Djezzy – after evaluating their financial and technical proposals. Final licences, incorporating the relevant coverage obligations, are expected to be granted after the payment of licence fees, satisfaction of the conditions indicated in the tender documents and receipt of clearances and approvals from various state authorities.