Algeria to launch fixed LTE in May 2014; mobile 4G in 2015

18 Mar 2014

Algeria’s state-owned telco Algerie Telecom (AT) is planning to launch fixed-wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in May 2014, while mobile 4G will be introduced in late 2015, Agence Ecofin reports. Zorha Derdouri, Algeria’s Minister of Post and Information Technology and Communication, said that the launch of the fixed mode service ‘illustrates the willingness of the government to include Algeria in a dynamic construction of the information society and digital economy.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2013 AT Group CEO Azouaou Mehmel said in an interview with Algerie Press Service (APS) that commercial LTE technology would be introduced by the end of 2013, and that business customers would be the initial target group because of the high cost. Mr Mehmel added that the tender for the acquisition of LTE equipment was worth an estimated EUR40 million (USD53.42 million).

Algeria, Algerie Telecom (AT), Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis)