Wataniya unveils new Algerian GSM network

Kuwait’s Wataniya Telecom has launched Nedjma, Algeria’s new national GSM network, based on the EDGE technology making it the first operator in North Africa to offer the high speed mobile data service.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  August 28, 2004

Kuwait’s Wataniya Telecom has launched Nedjma, Algeria’s new national GSM network, based on the EDGE technology making it the first operator in North Africa to offer the service. “We have built a world-class network in Algeria that will open access to a wide range of new ways for people to work and play, supporting the development of Algeria’s business community and helping to build its national technical capabilities,” says Faysal Al Ayyar, chairman of Wataniya Telecom. Since being awarded the licence in December last year, Wataniya Telecom Algerie has pumped in more than US$420 million and enrolled 700 employees, mostly Algerians to roll out the new network, the past eight months. Nedjhma now offers services such as GPRS, EDGE, MMS, WAP and roaming. “As Nedjma continues the deployment and move toward full network optimisation throughout the country, these products and services will become available through more extensive distribution channels through our shops in Algiers, Constantine and Oran,” says Al Ayyar. Nedjma is now retailed through 1500 approved points of sale and shops. By the end of 2005, Nedjma is expected to be available across 48 states in Algeria. Wataniya Telecom currently has more than 810,000 subscribers in Kuwait, 700,000 in Tunisia and 220,000 subscribers in Iraq. No subscriber estimates were available for the Algerian market.

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