Wataniya closes financing for Nedjma

Wataniya Telecom has announced the closing of US$490 million medium-term financing for its mobile services subsidiary in Algeria, Wataniya Telecom Algerie, operating under the trade name Nedjma.

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By  Angela Prasad Published  July 27, 2005

Wataniya Telecom has announced the closing of US$490 million medium-term financing for its mobile services subsidiary in Algeria, Wataniya Telecom Algerie, operating under the trade name Nedjma. The financing proceeds will be used to continue the construction and expansion of the GSM network across Algeria. The US$490 million equivalent medium-term financing, combined with the US$421 million committed equity, completes the permanent capital structure of Nedjma. “This is another landmark transaction for the company,” says Faisal Al Ayyar, chairman of Wataniya Telecom. “It demonstrates Nedjma’s commitment to setting new standards in the Algerian telecom market with competitive pricing, investing in developing a high quality network and driving the development of the mobile media services market in Algeria,” adds Al Ayyar. Wataniya Telecom Algerie was awarded Algeria’s third GSM license by the Telecom and Post Regulation Authority in December 2003 with a bid of US$421 million. It is licensed to operate a dual band (GSM 900 and GSM 1800) network for an initial 15-year period. Nedjma, which launched its mobile network in August, 2004, has over 700,000 subscribers. With the mobile market expanding rapidly in Algeria, Nedjma will cater to new subscribers by offering innovative services. Wataniya Telecom Algerie is owned and operated by Wataniya Telecom. The other shareholders are Gulf Investment Corporation and United Gulf Bank.

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