Algerie Telecom Satellite (ATS), a subsidiary of state-backed incumbent operator Algerie Telecom, has revealed that it will augment its B2B-focused portfolio by launching residential satellite broadband internet services in September this year. As reported by Agence Ecofin, ATS’ CEO Mohamed Anouar Benabdelouahad noted that the user cost for the consumer broadband service will be ‘a little higher than that of ADSL … justified by the cost of equipment’. The service will focus on isolated regions, unserved border areas and other under-served zones, using bandwidth of the Algerian-owned satellite Alcomsat-1. The project supports the government’s aims to reduce the digital divide between rural and urban dwellers.
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