Cellcos may block VoIP services following 3G launch; Mobily, Tubprofil sign towers deal

27 Nov 2013

Joseph Ged, CEO of Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma), has reportedly suggested that voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) applications, including Skype and Viber, might be blocked following next month’s launch of 3G services in the country, Agence Ecofin writes. The move comes a week after Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis), the mobile unit of fixed line incumbent Algerie Telecom (AT), reportedly hinted at the possibility of charging customers for Skype services.

In separate news, Mobilis has signed an agreement with local company Tubprofil, a subsidiary of Anabib Group, for the construction of telecoms towers and related facilities. Under the terms set out by the agreement, Tubprofil will provide Mobilis with 9,000 towers on an annual basis. Prior to the deal, Mobilis imported its infrastructure from Turkey and Tunisia; Mobilis CEO Saad Damma revealed that the project will reduce the company’s foreign import costs and promote domestic production.