Mobilis suspends marketing of 3G services in selected provinces

2 Jan 2014

Algerian mobile operator Mobilis, a subsidiary of the country’s incumbent telecoms operator Algerie Telecom (AT), has suspended the marketing of its 3G services in the wilayas (provinces) of Setif, Tlemcen, Blida, Tizi-Ouzou, Djelfa, El Oued, Tiaret Tebessa and Ain Defla. Agence Ecofin reports that the operator has not yet disclosed the reason behind its decision.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) issued the final licences for the provision of 3G services in the country to all three applicants—Mobilis, Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma) and Djezzy – on 3 December 2013. Mobilis was granted exclusivity in the towns of Batna and Laghouat and must also cover Algiers, Constantine, Ouargla, Oran, Annaba, Tipaza, Biskra, Sidi Bel Abbes, Setif, Tlemcen, Blida, Tizi-Ouzou, Djelfa, El Oued, Tiaret Tebessa and Ain Defla by the end of its first year of operation.