Ooredoo Algeria receives permission to deploy 3G in additional provinces

28 Feb 2014

Algerian mobile operator Ooredoo (Nedjma) has been certified by telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) to deploy commercial 3G services in nine ‘optional’ wilayas (provinces), following an evaluation of its coverage and quality of service (QoS) obligations, as outlined in Decision No.1/SP/PC/ANRT/2014, dated 8 January 2014. According to a press release, Ooredoo can now launch its 3G network in nine additional provinces, namely: Blida, Tlemcen, Boumerdes, Tipaza, Biskra, El Oued Sidi Bel Abbes, Medea, Ain Defla, after fulfilling its coverage and QoS obligations in the mandatory provinces of Algiers, Constantine, Ouargla, Oran, Setif, Bejaia, Chlef, Djelfa, Ghardaia and Bouira.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the watchdog 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. For its part, Ooredoo Algeria was granted exclusive coverage of Bejaia and Ghardaia, with obligation to cover Ain Defla, Algiers, Biskra, Blida, Bouira, Boumerdes, Chlef, Constantine, Djelfa, El Oued, Medea, Oran, Ouargla, Setif, Sidi Bel Abbes, Tipaza and Tlemcen with 3G by end-2015.