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Orascom Telecom Algerie Awarded 3G Operator License

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Global Telecom Holding says that its Algerian subsidiary Orascom Telecom Algerie (OTA) has been awarded one of the three provisional 3G licenses offered in Algeria.

Final licenses with the relevant coverage obligations are expected to be granted after payment of fees, satisfaction of the conditions indicated in the tender documents and receipt of clearances and approvals from various governmental authorities. The 3G license will cost DZD 3 billion (approximately USD40 million) and will be valid for 15 years, after which successive renewals will be in five year fixed terms.

OTA also received an exceptional approval from the Bank of Algeria allowing it to make foreign payments to acquire equipment exclusively dedicated to 3G technologies. This exception is a conditioned derogation to the current ban on foreign payments.

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