Telecoms – In Brief


-  Azouaou Mehmel, the CEO of the country’s incumbent telecoms operator Algerie Telecom (AT), has revealed that the company faces difficulties in implementing its fibre-optic deployment programme, due to a lack of qualified civil engineering companies, Agence Ecofin reports. Mehmel said that as a result, AT’s aim to connect towns with more than 1,000 inhabitants with fibre-optics has not been met; a total of 20,000km of fibre cabling was earmarked for deployment in 2013/2014, with only just 20% of it currently laid. As a result, the operator has decided to extend its previously stated deadline for completion of the project to end-2015.