ALGIERS May 28 Algeria on Wednesday invited
applications to bid for a licence to build and operate its first
third generation (3G) mobile phone network.
June 30 is the deadline for foreign or local bidders to show
interest, the Regulation Authority of Post and
Telecommunications said in a statement on its Web site.
Telecommunications Minister Boudjema Haichour said earlier
this year that a French communication company had been selected
to advise on the tender and network set-up.
Egypt's Orascom Telecom ORTE.CA is the main player in the
north African nation's mobile phone market.
It faces growing competition from Algerian state-owned firm
Mobilis and Qatar Telecommunications Co QTEL.QA.
(Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; editing by William Maclean and