Algeria’s regulator has issued fines to the country’s three mobile providers for failing to improve their 4G/LTE coverage.
Djezzy, Mobilis and Ooredoo have all now been penalised by ARPCE (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Communications Electroniques) despite being warned earlier this year that they would face punishment if they failed to improve their lacklustre coverage and quality of service.
According to TeleGeography, five regions in particular received poor quality coverage – Adrar, Blida, Constantine, Djelfa and Tlemcen. ARPCE identified the issues through network monitoring in these regions conducted in February and March this year.
Agence Ecofin reported that Djezzy received the largest fine - corresponding with the regulator identifying its coverage as the weakest – and must now pay DZD82.58 million (US$640,760). Mobilis (Algerie Telecom) was fined DZD63.92 million, while Ooredoo received a DZD26.02 million penalty.