Algerian telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms, ARPT) has launched a tender for three 4G mobile broadband licences. The regulator has invited all interested parties to submit their bids for participation in the auction from 10 January until 13 January by paying a DZD100,000 (USD928) fee.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, ICT minister Imane Houda Feraoun disclosed earlier this week that the successful bidders will be revealed on 17 May. Going forward, the government will grant the licensees a period of three months to obtain the required equipment, with the launch of commercial 4G services expected to take place in the last quarter of 2016. Further, the minister added that under the licence terms and conditions, the cellcos ‘must provide a minimum coverage of 10% in the provinces of their choice in the first four years, and expand to the southern regions of the country within three years’.