Upon receiving their 4G spectrum licences on 30 March 2016, Tunisia’s three mobile network operators Tunisie Telecom (TT), Ooredoo Tunisia and Orange Tunisia, have all begun marketing their 4G LTE services to consumers. All three cellcos’ websites claim potential peak 4G LTE download/upload mobile data speeds of 150Mbps/50Mbps (CAT4 standard), whilst all three websites also advertise pre-paid and post-paid 4G packages for handset users alongside 4G USB modem packages, with each also displaying instructions for customers to swap incompatible older SIM cards for 4G LTE SIMs free of charge.
TT’s website is highlighting that 4G data services are available at the same rates as 3G, whilst TT’s marketing also boasts of its fibre network connectivity for boosting the performance of its new 4G radio network. TT’s website states that 4G LTE coverage is currently available in areas of Greater Tunis (Tunis/Ariana/Ben Arous/Mannouba), Bizerte, Sousse and Sfax.
Orange Tunisia’s website coverage map shows a widespread 4G LTE coverage footprint of at least 20 cities across the country including Tunis, Ben Arous, Bizerte, Beja, Jendouba, El Kef, Siliana, Kairouan, Sousee, Mahdia, Kasserine, Sidi Bouzid, Sfax, Gafsa, Tozeur, Gabes, Djerba, Mednine and Tataouine.
Ooredoo Tunisia’s website says that it is ‘committed to ensuring a broad 4G coverage in Tunisia’ with its new 800MHz/1800MHz LTE network, and its online marketing also touts value added services including 4G Mobile TV.