Mobilis, the wireless arm of fixed line incumbent telco Algerie Telecom (AT), has announced plans to expand its 3G services to 16 additional wilayas (provinces) from December 2014, Agence Ecofin reports, thus increasing its footprint to a total of 35 wilayas. Mobilis CEO Saad Damma reportedly said: ‘Mobilis is on schedule, as dictated by the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT). All necessary measures have been taken to this end’. The executive highlighted that the DZD115 billion (USD1.4 billion) loan granted by the government to parent AT in March 2013 to improve its services will help with the deployment.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, under the terms set out by its 3G licence, Mobilis was granted one year exclusivity in the provinces of Batna and Laghouat, while also being required to provide 3G coverage in 19 wilayas by the end of the first year of operation. The company is required to extend its 3G footprint to 16 additional provinces by end-2015, namely: Adrar, Bechar, Bejaia, Bouira, Boumerdes, Chlef, El Tarf, Ghardaia, Guelma, Medea, M’Sila, Oum el Bouaghi, Relizane, Skikda, Souk Ahras and Tamanrasset. The remaining 13 provinces (Ain Temouchent, Bordj Bou Arreridj, El Bayadh, Illizi, Jijel, Khenchela, Mascara, Mila, Mostaganem, Naama, Saida, Tindouf and Tissemsilt) must be covered by end-2016.