Algerian fixed line incumbent Algerie Telecom (AT) has introduced fixed-wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) services to business subscribers, ahead of a planned consumer launch in the second half of 2014. According to a company press release, AT has deployed 200 ‘eNodeB’ sites across the country’s 48 wilayas (provinces), with plans to install 2,000 LTE-enabled base transceiver stations (BTS) by end-2015. From 1 May 2014 business users can subscribe to one of two LTE plans, both of which include a CPE LTE-compatible router and SIM card: the introductory offer, including a 5GB data allowance, is priced at DZD3,500 (USD44.54), while the premium plan, which includes 10GB of data, costs DZD6,500.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2013 AT Group CEO Azouaou Mehmel said that business customers would be the initial target group of the company’s commercial LTE network because of the high costs involved. Mr Mehmel added that the tender for the acquisition of LTE equipment was worth an estimated EUR40 million (USD53.42 million).