Algeria announces third mobile licence

29 September 2003
Bidding for the country's third mobile licence opened on 29 September. 'The offers are expected to be decided before the end of the year,' a spokesman for the Posts & Telecoms Ministry told Reuters. At present there are 1.3 million mobile subscribers in Algeria. The local subsidiary of Egypt's Orascom Telecom has one million subscribers and state-owned Algerie Telecom has about 300,000 subscribers.

Orascom was awarded Algeria's second mobile licence in 2002. The company won the contract with a bid of $737 million (MEED 8:8:03).

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