Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis), the mobile arm of fixed line incumbent Algerie Telecom (AT), is reportedly planning to launch 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, local newspaper L’Expression reports. According to ‘credible sources’, the company is allegedly in talks with several unnamed international ‘technology giants’ with regards to the technological aspect of the deployment.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in February 2014 the Algerian government decided to amend certain provisions of parent Algerie Telecom’s licence, in order to allow the incumbent to deploy new wireless in the local loop (WiLL) technology. Subsequently, in May 2014 AT introduced fixed-wireless LTE services to business subscribers, ahead of a planned consumer launch. AT deployed 200 ‘eNodeB’ sites across the country’s 48 wilayas (provinces), with plans to install 2,000 LTE-enabled base transceiver stations (BTS) by the end-2015.