Algerian cellco Djezzy GSM has launched commercial 3.5G services in seven wilayas (provinces) across the country, Agence Ecofin reports. The operator offers HSPA+ services on both a pre-paid and post-paid basis; pre-paid users can access the network via the introductory ‘Speed Jour’ plan, which offers 50MB of mobile broadband access over a 24 hour period, priced at DZD100 (USD1.26). Elsewhere, the premium ‘Speed Mois’ plan, which is valid for 30 days and includes 5GB of data, is priced at DZD4,000. Post-paid subscribers can sign up to the ‘Millenium 3G 1750’ plan, which comprises 500MB of data, 120 minutes of calls to all national networks, and unlimited calls to Djezzy numbers between 9pm and 7am, for DZD1,750, while the ‘Millenium 3G 6000’ plan consists of 2GB of data, 600 minutes of calls to all national networks, plus unlimited calls to Djezzy numbers, for DZD6,000 per month.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2013 the ARPT issued 3G concessions to Mobilis, Nedjma and Djezzy. Djezzy 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.