Algerian mobile operator Djezzy – a subsidiary of the National Investment Fund (Fonds National d’Investissement, FNI) – announced on its website that it has tested 5G in partnership with Huawei and Nokia, stating that the tests confirmed the capacity of its network to support the deployment of fifth-generation technology, and demonstrated ‘its ability to adapt to technological developments while ensuring that its investments allow it to develop its systems so that they are compatible with 5G’. Connection speeds exceeding 1.5Gbps were demonstrated in Algiers, Oran and Annaba, while Djezzy is planning further tests in cooperation with ZTE in Tlemcen as part of a programme drawn up by the Authority for Regulation of Post & Electronic Communications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Communications Electroniques, ARPCE).

Mahieddine Allouche, Acting CEO of Djezzy, declared: ‘This is a new important step in the life of the company that we have just passed with the success of the 5G tests. This illustrates our strong ability to integrate new technologies and to meet the expectations of our customers and partners in terms of broadband internet connectivity,’ although the executive also highlighted that Djezzy ‘is investing heavily in 3G/4G technology to continue extending the network and improving the quality of service for its customers.’

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the Algerian government – which also backs the country’s largest cellco by subscriptions Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis) – has firmly prioritised a focus on national 4G LTE network quality before commercial 5G service introduction, although in March 2022 it hinted at the potential for a 5G launch by the end of the year.

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