ALGERIA'S MOBILIS LAUNCHES GPRS-BASED MOBILE INTERNET ACCESS
The Algerian incumbent's mobile arm has launched a GPRS-based mobile internet access service. The service can be be set up remotely by making a phone call and set up is free to post-paid subscribers. Dubbed Mobi+, it costs 2,000 DA HT a month to post paid subscribers and 0.29 DA a kilobyte for pre-pay subscribers. Mobilis already has 300,000 subscribers who have GPRS-enabled handsets.
Meanwhile parent company Algérie Télécom has entered into a partnership with leading DSL supplier EEPD and Chinese equipment supplier Huawei to install capacity for 50,000 ADSL lines on its Djawab platform. 30,000 of these lines will be offered in the Algiers municipality. The partners believe that this broadband offer will help lower the price of internet access. According to an EEPD spokesperson, 128K of bandwidth will cost 1,688 DA a month and a C2 6,188 DA a month.