Algerie Telecom to deploy 20,000km of fibre by end-2015

28 Jul 2014

Mehmel Azouaou, CEO of Algerian fixed line incumbent Algerie Telecom (AT), has announced that the company is planning to deploy an additional 20,000km worth of fibre-optic cables by the end of 2015, Agence Ecofin reports. The executive also revealed that the company has already deployed around 57,000km of fibre; further, Algerie Telecom has received funding from the government in order to proceed with its goals of improving its quality of service (QoS) and reducing costs.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the operator recently revealed that it faced major challenges in deploying fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) cabling, due to ‘a lack of qualified civil engineering companies’. As a result, AT’s previous aim to connect towns with more than 1,000 inhabitants with fibre broadband was not met; a total of 20,000km of fibre cabling was earmarked for deployment in 2013/2014, but only 20% of it had been rolled out by mid-May.

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