ARPT orders cellcos to stop advertising 3G networks ahead of launch

18 Nov 2013

Algerian telecoms regulator Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) has ordered the country’s three mobile operators – Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma), Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis) and Djezzy GSM – to halt marketing their 3G networks, as they have not yet received their final operating licences. According to an ARPT press release, the intense advertising campaigns led by the three GSM operators are misleading as ‘any advertising referring to the 3G networks … does not correspond to reality’.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2013 the ARPT issued interim 3G licences to all three applicants 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.