JUST LAUNCHED WATANIYA TELECOM ALGÉRIE SETS ITS SIGHTS ON 2M SUBSCRIBERS
Wataniya Telecom Algeria last wee launched its commercial network under the brand name Nedjma, making it the third mobile operator in the country. Wataniya plans to invest USD320 million in the project over the next three years and hopes to pick up subscribers by capitalising on Nedjma’s GPRS and WAP capabilities. At launch the network covered the provinces of Algiers, Bournerdes, Tipazza, Oran and Constantine. With a population of over 33 million people and a cellular penetration rate of around 5%, the newcomer sees Algeria as offering huge opportunities for growth. It hopes to sign up two million users by the end of 2005.
It will charge by the second after the first minute of calling and claims to be able to offer minutes to prepay customers at 7.5 dinars a minute (including free bonus calls) against 15 dinars a minute for fixed calling. On international calling, it's offering tariffs that are not based on distance or thetime of calling. Calls by fixed line to France will cost 15 dinars a minute and calls to Canada and Spain 20 dinars a minute. Nedjma is offering recharge cards where the more you buy, the lower the tariff: rates go from 15 dinars a minute for the cheapest recharge card to 7.5 dinars a minute on the 3000 DA card with a 3000 DA bonus free calls.
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