Algerian 3G Launch Delayed Until ‘Late December 2013’

Zohra Derdouri, the Algerian Minister of Post and Information Technology and Communication, said in an interview that 3G services will not be launched in the country on 1 December 2013 as previously announced.

 Agence Ecofin reports that although the decree issuing the final 3G licenses to the three successful bidders – Mobilis, Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma) and Djezzy – was signed on 2 December 2013, it will take time for the operators to submit their offers to telecoms regulator Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) for approval. The regulator then has to assign frequencies and blocks of numbers suitable for 3G services to the cellcos. As such, commercial services are unlikely to be made available before ‘late December 2013’. Further, Mrs Derdouri revealed that the Algerian government is also planning to introduce ‘fixed mode 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) ‘services in January 2014.

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