News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 118 on 12 July 2002

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ALGERIA BIDS TO BECOME AN ICT-BASED COUNTRY

12 July 2002

Despite Algeria’s troubled political situation, it is potentially a big connectivity market. Recently it has begun to open itself up to competition and although progress is slow, significant steps forward have been made. This week’s issue gives an overview of these developments and Yasmina Berraoui of the national agency for ICT, CERIST outlines plans to support the building of an ICT-based society in the country.   In ICT terms, Algeria starts from a relatively unpromising position as its key indicators show:   - There are less than 6 phone lines per 100 people.   - The penetration rate of PCs…