Wataniya Telecom’s Algerian operation is planning to bid for a 3G licence in early 2012, according to a report from Reuters.
The country has not yet issued any 3G licences. The 3G tender, which had originally been planned for 2011, is now due to take place in early 2012.
Watalyia Telecom Algeria’s CEO, Joseph Ged, said in an emailed statement that the telco would “actively participate in the tendering process”, Reuters reported.
Wataniya Telecom competes with Algerie Telecom and Djezzy in Algeria’s mobile market.
The introduction of 3G services will offer the operators a valuable growth opportunity in the North African country, which has a mobile penetration rate of 98% and an internet penetration rate of just 20%, according to figures from research firm BuddeComm.