May 28, 2008 / 2:34 PM / 11 years ago

Algeria seeks bidders for first 3G mobile network

ALGIERS, May 28 (Reuters) - 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 Jason Neely)

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