Algerian government to amend AT’s licence to incorporate WiLL

27 Feb 2014

The Algerian government has reportedly decided to amend certain provisions of Algerie Telecom’s (AT’s) licence, in order to allow the incumbent operator to deploy new wireless in the local loop (WiLL) technologies. According to Agence Ecofin, AT will be assigned new frequencies for an annual fee of DZD100 million (USD1.29 million) in order to offer ICT services, including broadband access, across the entire country’s territory; the move forms part of Algeria’s national strategy for high speed internet access. The amendment will also oblige AT to improve the quality of its fixed telephony services, so that it is ‘consistent with the recommended standards by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) or by recognised international standardisation bodies’. If the telco fails to meet the improved standards it could face the cancellation its licence, the report adds.

Algeria, Algerie Telecom (AT)