Ooredoo Algeria permitted to cover all provinces with 4G

3 May 2018

Mobile operator Ooredoo Algeria has obtained authorisation from the Authority for Regulation of Post & Telecoms (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms, ARPT) to expand its 4G LTE network to all 48 wilayas (provinces) of the country, Agence Ecofin reports. The regulator gave its permission after confirming that Ooredoo had met coverage and quality of service (QoS) obligations in the 32 wilayas reached by its LTE network so far.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that all three Algerian cellcos, Ooredoo, Algerie Telecom (Mobilis) and Djezzy, launched commercial LTE 1800MHz services in October 2016, via licences requiring each of them to cover a different list of specific provinces, under a government scheme to accelerate the expansion of nationwide coverage. Subsequently each operator has been granted permission to cover additional batches of provinces, and by February 2018 Ooredoo and Mobilis covered 31 wilayas with their commercial 4G networks, whilst Djezzy reached 20 wilayas.