In a press release on 29 December, Ooredoo Algeria confirmed that it signed up 3.5 million 3G customers in the first year of launching the service commercially. The cellco said that more than 3.5 million customers in 25 provinces chose Ooredoo’s ‘faster and better 3G network’, which it noted too was ranked as the ‘fastest network in North Africa in 2014 by the official Network Quality Benchmark (NetQB)’. Ooredoo Algeria claimed to be one of the first operators in the world to achieve network throughput of 63Mbps, and the first operator in Africa to deploy 400G ultra-broadband mobile access network in 2014.
The press release goes on to say that by the end of this month, Ooredoo’s 3G network will be extended to 32 provinces, covering 80% of Algeria’s population. Ooredoo has invested more than USD2 billion in its network enhancement programme and intends to accelerate its investment plan to consolidate its technological leadership and make mobile data available to all Algerians.