Algeria’s telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) has certified domestic mobile operators Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis) and Ooredoo Algeria (Wataniya) to deploy commercial 3G services in additional ‘wilayas’ (provinces), following evaluations of their respective coverage and quality of service (QoS) obligations.
Under Decision No. 03/SP/PC/ARPT/2015, dated 21 January 2015, Mobilis has met its obligations to provide 3G services in Boumerdes, M’Sila, Tamanrasset, Medea, El Tarf and Souk Ahras and could now launch 3G services in Chlef, Bejaia, Skikda, Ghardaia, Bechar, Adrar, Guelma, Relizane, Bouira and Oum el Bouaghi.
For its part, Ooredoo has achieved its required coverage and QoS obligations in Tizi Ouzou, Mascara, Naama, Relizane, Tiaret and Oum el Bouaghi, according to Decision No.02/SP/PC/ARPT/2015 of 19 January 2015. The cellco is now authorised to deploy 3G networks in seven optional wilayas: Annaba, Batna, Laghouat, El Bayadh, Ain Temouchent, El Tarf and Guelma.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2013 the ARPT issued 3G concessions to Mobilis, Nedjma and Djezzy. Mobilis received 2×15MHz paired blocks in the 1920MHz-1935MHz/2135MHz-2150MHz frequency bands, while Ooredoo was assigned 2×15MHz paired blocks in the 1900MHz/2100MHz frequency bands. The two operators’ 3G networks went live in late December 2013 and currently offer 3G services in 25 wilayas.