Algeria considering opening fixed telephony market to competition

Telecoms

Algerian telecoms minister Zohra Derdouri has revealed that the country’s fixed telephony market could be opened up to competition ‘soon’, Agence Ecofin reports. The minister reportedly said in a press conference, co-hosted with Mehmel Azouaou, CEO of Algerie Telecom (AT): ‘We want to create real competitive conditions by installing one or more other operators for fixed [services]… as soon as this issue is ripe, we will inform the press of the details relating thereto.’

Another issue discussed at the conference was the potential entry of new mobile operators in the wireless market, which would diversify the services currently on offer and ultimately force the country’s incumbent cellcos – Djezzy GSM, Mobilis and Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma) – to upgrade the quality of their mobile networks.

Source: Telegeography  11 September 2014