Telecoms

Privatisation of Algeria’s telecommunications sector began in 2000 since which three mobile cellular licenses were issued and, in 2005, a consortium led by Egypt’s Orascom Telecom won a 15-year license to build and operate a fixed-line network; the license allows Orascom to develop high-speed data and other specialized services and contribute to meeting the large unfulfilled demand for basic residential telephony. Meanwhile, internet broadband services began in 2003 with approximately 200,000 subscribers by 2006.

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