Algerian fixed line incumbent Algerie Telecom (AT) has introduced fixed-wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) services for residential subscribers, four months after the service was launched for business users. According to a company press release, as of yesterday (8 September 2014) private users were able to subscribe to the LTE plan, which includes customer premises equipment (CPE), a LTE-compatible router, SIM card and a 5GB data allowance, with 30-day validity, for DZD3,500 (USD44.54). Top-up cards are also available, with prices ranging from DZD1,000 for 1GB of data to DZD6,500 (10GB).
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2013 AT Group CEO Azouaou Mehmel said that business customers would be the initial target group of the company’s commercial LTE network because of the high costs involved. The service was subsequently introduced to businesses in May 2014, with AT revealing that it had deployed 200 ‘eNodeB’ sites across the country’s 48 wilayas (provinces), with plans to install 2,000 LTE-enabled base transceiver stations (BTS) by end-2015.