Ooredoo Qatar is expanding its mobile data capacity in Algeria to meet market demand as more mobile services are launched in this North African country. The company will work with SIAE Microelettronica, a provider of microwave and millimeter wave radio technology, and will install multiband links to achieve fiber-like multigigabit capacity, reported the online publication Data Economy. SIAE already provides connectivity in three of the country’s five regions.
“These multi-band links represent the first implementation of this technology for Ooredoo Algeria, keeping its infrastructure at the forefront of technology and also improving user experience,” commented Abdelkrim Melab, head of transmission engineering at Ooredoo Algeria.
“This project consolidates our presence in Ooredoo Algeria as a strategic technology supplier, complementing our existing deployments of high capacity, compact and nodal modular microwave configurations,” added Nicola Bonzanino head of sales for Africa at SIAE.
The privatization of the telecommunications sector started in 2000 in Algeria. IndexMundi reports that three cellular mobile phone licenses have been issued in the North African country, while the national regulator has allowed network operators to extend LTE services to other provinces and a consortium led by Egyptian Orascom Telecom has won a 15-year license to build and operate a fixed network in Algeria.
At the national level, a limited network of fixed lines with a telephone density of less than 10 telephones per 100 people has been offset by the rapid increase in the number of mobile cellular subscribers, the density of mobile telephony being around 122 phones for 100 people in 2018.