Tunisiana, the Tunisian operation of Qatar’s Qtel Group, has launched its 3G network, covering some 48% of the country’s population. It becomes the third operator to launch mobile broadband services in the country after Orange and Tunicell.
Tunisiana will offer 3G services in the regions of Tunis, Sfax, Sousse, Djerba, Cap Bon, Hammamet and Nabeul. The telco said that the network will be extended to cover 71% of the population by the end of the year, with 87% coverage planned for early 2013.
Tunisiana’s licence allows the company to deploy an HSPA+ network on both 900 Mhz and 2100 Mhz bands, providing for deeper indoor coverage for customers and high definition voice quality.
Tunisiana’s 3G service offering will include flexible tariffs allowing for daily, weekly and monthly usage, the telco said.
“With this network, we are able to provide a quality 3G offering that will deliver the best customer experience in Tunisia. Most importantly, Tunisiana will continue its tradition of providing affordable, flexible offerings for all Tunisians, including the lowest price 3G handset,” said Ken Campbell, CEO, Tunisiana.
Dr. Nasser Marafih, CEO of the Qtel Group, said that the Tunisiana team “did something exceptional” in bringing 3G services to its customers just three months after receiving the licence. “By giving faster internet access to more Tunisians at competitive prices, they are helping to fulfill two of our group's highest priorities: providing superior customer experience and offering the best broadband service possible. We are proud of their achievement,” he said.
Tunisiana competes with two other mobile operators in Tunisia: Tunicell, which is the mobile arm of Tunisia's incumbent operator, and Orange, which launched the country's first 3G service back in 2010. Tunicell also runs and HSPA+ network, which it launched in 2011.
Qtel Group has a consolidated customer base of about 84 million across the MENA region and Southeast Asia. It operates a portfolio of brands including Qtel, Indosat, Asiacell, Wataniya, Nawras, Nedjma and Tunisiana.