Algerie Telecom secures approval for VSAT services

29 Sep 2014

Algeria’s government has issued a ten-year licence to fixed line incumbent Algerie Telecom for the provision of satellite services for broadband data and emergency services in the event of natural disasters, with an executive decree published in the Official Gazette No.49, dated 20 August 2014. According to Agence Ecofin, under the terms of the licence, the telco must cover 25 wilayas (provinces) by end-2015, extend the VSAT service to 36 wilayas in 2016, with national coverage (48 wilayas) expected by end-2017. Further, the executive decree states that the concession may not be transferred, although it could be renewed ‘several times’ for a period of five years each time.

Algeria, Algerie Telecom (AT)