Algerie Telecom legally required to unbundle local loop

12 Jun 2018

Algeria’s incumbent PSTN operator Algerie Telecom (AT) is now legally mandated to provide rivals with access to its fixed broadband network via local loop unbundling (LLU) under Law 18-04 of 10 May 2018 (‘General rules on post and electronic communications’), published in the Official Journal No.27 (13 May 2018). The new rules – alternatively referred to as the new ‘Code’ of post and electronic communications – reportedly entered into legal force on 6 June 2018, Agence Ecofin wrote. Under Article 102 of the new law, AT must offer access under transparent and non-discriminatory terms upon request from a licensed operator. Alternative operators have long argued for the enforcement of LLU obligations on AT, a move which telecoms minister Houda Imane Faraoun has been attempting to push through since 2016, with the aims of reducing broadband tariffs and expanding high speed internet access.