Algerian mobile operator Orascom Telecom Algeria (OTA), operating in the country under the Djezzy brand, has been certified by telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) to deploy commercial 3G services in four ‘optional’ wilayas (provinces), following an evaluation of its coverage and quality of service (QoS) obligations, as outlined in Decision No.108/ PC/ANRT/2014, dated 24 September 2014. According to a press release, the cellco has met its obligations to provide 3G services in Algiers, Constantine, Ouargla, Oran, Blida, Skikda, Mostaganem, El Oued, Bechar, Ain Defla and can now launch its 3G network in four additional provinces, namely: Setif, Tizi-Ouzou, Boumerdes and Djelfa.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2013 the ARPT issued 3G concessions to Mobilis, Nedjma and Djezzy. Djezzy received 2×15MHz paired blocks in the 1960MHz-1975MHz and 2150MHz-2165MHz bands. The operator’s 3G network went live in seven provinces in July 2014. Under the terms set out by its licence, the company must provide 3G services in Ain Defla, Algiers, Bechar, Blida, Boumerdes, Constantine, Djelfa, El Oued, Mostaganem, Oran, Ouargla, Setif, Skikda and Tizi-Ouzou by the end of 2014.