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- Wireless broadband provider Smile Uganda has announced the consumer launch of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, which will provide subscribers with average download speeds of 6Mbps. Smile’s LTE network uses the 800MHz band and is currently limited in terms of coverage to Kampala, although a full national rollout is expected to see its footprint expanded to all regions within the next five years.

- Algeria’s state-owned telco Algerie Telecom (AT) has launched an auction for the deployment of a fixed mode 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, La Tribune reported. AT Group CEO Azouaou Mehmel said in an interview with Algerie Press Service (APS) that commercial LTE technology will be introduced by the end of 2013, and business customers will be the initial target group because of the high cost, although the network will be expanded gradually to the general public. The company is also planning to significantly increase the download speeds of internet connections by 2014.