Joseph Ged, CEO of country’s third largest cellco in terms of subscribers Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma), has revealed the company’s 3G offers and prices ahead of the network launch, scheduled for 1 December 2013, Agence Ecofin reports. According to the article, the company will provide 3G services to both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers; the pre-paid 3G access will be priced at DZD100 (USD1.25) for a day use, or DZD1,000 for a month. Post-paid users need to pay DZD2,500 for a monthly subscription. The executive stated that he could not reveal any further details, as telecoms regulator Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) ordered the country’s three mobile operators last week to stop advertising their 3G networks ahead of the launch. However, he pointed out that ‘the price will not increase, although the volume will increase by 50% and the transmission rate will increase 50 times in comparison with 2G.’ The 3G network will be commercially deployed on 1 December 2013 and will cover ten provinces at its launch.
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.