07 May 2020
Algeria’s three mobile operators been handed a warning by ARPCE (Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes) for poor network monitoring.
Djezzy, Mobilis and Ooredoo have all received warnings from the watchdog for failing to meet their obligations for both 4G network coverage and QoS (quality of service).
The regulator issued the warnings based on network monitoring conducted between February and March this year across the Algerian provinces (wilayas) of Adrar, Blida, Constantine, Djelfa and Tlemcen.
In terms of network coverage, Veon-backed Djezzy performed the worst, meeting requirements in just one of the five provinces tested. For QoS, Mobilis – the mobile unit of state-owned Algeria Telecom - appeared to be the weakest of the three.
Mobilis and Ooredoo Algeria both offer commercial LTE services in all of Algeria’s 48 wilayas, while Djezzy has a 4G footprint in 37 provinces. The initial licensing terms permitted the operators to offer LTE services in certain provinces, with expansion dependent on their meeting QoS criteria.