Ooredoo Algeria has announced a pre-commercial launch of 4G LTE in Tlemcen, one of three provinces (wilayas) chosen for its first-phase 4G deployment alongside Tizi-Ouzou and Bechar. A pre-commercial launch event was held on 11 July in the presence of local authorities, director general of Ooredoo Joseph Ged, and the press. Ooredoo received its 4G LTE operating concession in late-May alongside rivals Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis) and Optimum Telecom Algerie (Djezzy), and that month also completed LTE tests in partnership with Nokia, reaching a maximum mobile data speed of 75Mbps. Regarding the upcoming commercial 4G launch, Ooredoo stressed that 4G prices for users will be the same as 3G, and that network coverage of 48 provinces can be achieved ‘very quickly’.
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