Algerian mobile operator Optimum Telecom Algerie (OTA, trading as Djezzy) has launched its 4G service in 13 new wilayas, namely Algiers, Oran, Ain Defla, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Bouira, Bourmedes, El Oued, Mostaganem, Skikda, Tizi Ouzou, Tlemcen, Blida and Batna. The company’s 4G network is now available in 16 provinces, including the three wilayas – Constantine, Setif and Djelfa – where Djezzy introduced the LTE service on 1 October. Djezzy’s executive chairman Vincenzo Nesci revealed that the company is planning to extended to four new wilayas by the end of this year.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in September 2016 Algeria’s Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms, ARPT) awarded the executive decrees authorising the deployment of 4G LTE networks to Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis), Djezzy and Ooredoo Algeria. With regards to the deployment schedule, the government divided the country into two categories – C1 (15 high priority wilayas, or regions) and C2 (33 low priority wilayas), stating that once the operators have achieved the minimum coverage of 10% in the first three assigned areas, they would be authorised to expand services to additional regions.