Algerian mobile network ahead of schedule

Algeria's second mobile phone network will commence operations in January, two months ahead of schedule, according to Orascom Telecom, who won the licence this July.

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By  Alex Marklew Published  September 28, 2001

Orascom Telecom has announced it will begin operating Algeria’s second mobile phone network in January, two months ahead of schedule.

The firm won the license in July with a $737 million bid, but it previously said it would not begin operating until March 2002.

The network will have capacity for 500 000 mobile phone users, according to Orascom’s chief commercial officer, Michael Herbert.

The firm has awarded France's Alcatel and German's Siemens contracts totalling $533 million to deliver and install its GSM network in Algeria.

Algerie Telecom, the state operator of the first phone network has less than 100,000 subscribers.

Orascom said it would invest $200 million in its Algerian operations by 2003 and expected the North African country's mobile phone market to grow to eight million users within the next five years.

Hebert said Orascom had already paid half of the fee for the licence to the Algerian government. The rest would be paid by November 2003 as it has been previously agreed.

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