It is generally accepted that Algerie Telecom, the state-owned existing find-line operator, did not have the capacity to meet soaring demand in a country of 33 million people. Its current subscriber base is 3.2 million.
The two Egyptian companies will each hold a 50% stake in CAT, having paid US$65 million for the 15-year licence. Their network has been up and running in
Algerie Telecom has been sufficiently goaded by the situation to invest US$2.5 billion in the next few years to build up high-speed Internet. The country as a whole has 13 million mobile users and is benefiting from investment after a period of political difficulty.