ALGERIAN REGULATOR ENDS TRIAL PERIOD FOR VoIP THROUGH ISPS
Algerian 24 ISPs have been waiting to see whether the country's regulator ARPT would extend the temporary permission they have had to offer VoIP. This was offered on the basis that they they did not commercialise the service. Unfortunately the Algerian regulator ARPT has decided to suspend their permission to do this.
The temporary licences was granted in July 2002 and were revoked earlier this year despite the widely expressed hope that the regulator would make these temporary licences permanent. Earlier this month the Ministry of Post, Technology and Information organised a workshop called "Vois sur IP" with speakers from those offering this type of service. According to Ouarets Brahim, a member of the Governing Council of ARPT there was an absence clarity about the regulatory framework when compared to that governing mobile licences.
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