By Andy Sambidge
Telco's Algeria unit starts commercial services in 10 key cities after winning regulatory approval
Qatar's Ooredoo has launched the first commercial 3G network in Algeria, the company has announced.
Within hours of receiving final regulatory approval, Ooredoo Algeria, formerly known as Nedjma, started commercial 3G services for millions of customers in 10 major cities across the country, with coverage in Algiers, Constantine, Oran, Ouargla, Sétif, Djelfa and exclusively in Béjaia, Chlef, Bouira and Ghardaïa.
The 3G network enables customers with 3G-enabled devices to experience the fastest mobile broadband in Algeria, at no additional cost, Ooredoo said in a statement.
Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: “With this week’s successful launch of 3G services in Algeria, we aim to enrich the lives of people by bringing them the fastest and most reliable mobile broadband service ever offered in the country.
"I congratulate the team for the speed and professionalism of this roll-out, which reflects our commitment to deliver an incredible level of service to customers around the world.”
Joseph Ged, CEO, Ooredoo Algeria, added: “We’re proud to say that our 3G network went live within 10 days of finalising the licensing process and within 12 hours of receiving final approval from the regulator."
Ooredoo now offers customers a range of weekly, monthly and special mobile internet packages, with more packages expected to be launched in the weeks ahead.
In addition to Algeria, Ooredoo rolled out a nationwide 3G network in Tunisia in 2013, along with providing cutting-edge 4G services in Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and the Maldives.
Ooredoo Algeria became the country’s first multimedia mobile operator when it acquired its mobile telephony services license for $421 million in December 2003.