Algeria’s Authority for Regulation of Post & Electronic Communications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Communications Electroniques, ARPCE) has issued warnings to all three of the country’s mobile operators, Mobilis, Djezzy and Ooredoo, for non-compliance with their 4G network coverage and quality of service (QoS) obligations, Agence Ecofin reported. The ARPCE issued the cellcos with the compliance notice based on the results of network monitoring carried out in February-March this year in the provinces (wilayas) of Blida, Djelfa, Tlemcen, Adrar and Constantine. Regarding quality of network coverage criteria, VEON group-backed Djezzy scored the lowest, complying with requirements in only one out of five monitored provinces, while Mobilis – a subsidiary of state-owned Algerie Telecom – displayed the worst level of non-compliance in the QoS (voice, SMS, web browsing, FTP file transfer, video streaming) categories.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Mobilis and Ooredoo Algeria each have a commercial 4G LTE network presence in all 48 Algerian wilayas, while Djezzy currently offers LTE in 37 wilayas. All three cellcos launched 4G in selected provinces assigned to them under licence conditions in October 2016 and were permitted to expand their LTE networks to additional wilayas in batches conditional on meeting QoS standards.