(Ecofin Agency) - On March 20, 2019, Telecom firm Mobilis, the mobile branch of Algérie Telecom group was commissioned to provide universal access in 750 areas with low population density and on 178 roads axis in Algeria. The firm was chosen after the bids submitted during the tender process launched on February 18, 2019, by the telecom regulator to select operator(s) that would provide this access.
According to liberte-algerie.com, Mobilis was chosen because its competitors Djezzy and Ooredoo submitted no bid because of "restrictive clauses" in the tender call namely, the submission deadline (30 days).
According to a source close to the case cited by liberte-algerie.com, the project will probably fail because only one operator cannot realize it due to the number of areas and roads to be covered by the project.
Let’s note that Algérie Télécom has been commissioned to cover 508 localities with fixed telecommunications networks.