Philip Tohme, the CEO of Algerian cellco Djezzy GSM, has reportedly revealed that the company will deploy commercial 3G services ‘during the month of Ramadan’, with the launch expected to take place on 27 June. According to Agence Ecofin, the company ‘is working to cover a minimum of 19 wilayas [provinces], but the deployment of the service will [initially] involve six wilayas’ – the minimum number of provinces required by the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT).
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2013 the ARPT issued 3G concessions to Mobilis, Nedjma and Djezzy. Djezzy GSM received 2×15MHz paired blocks in the 1960MHz-1975MHz and 2150MHz-2165MHz bands. Under the terms set out by its licence, the company must provide 3G services in Ain Defla, Algiers, Bechar, Blida, Boumerdes, Constantine, Djelfa, El Oued, Mostaganem, Oran, Ouargla, Setif, Skikda and Tizi-Ouzou by the end of 2014.