Algeria Boosts International Bandwidth Capacity to 9.8 Tbit/s

By : Samira Njoya

Date : jeudi, 01 février 2024 15:41

With the ongoing digital transformation push across Africa, connectivity investments are surging continentwide. The aim is to close the digital gap and cater to all societal levels.

Algeria’s Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Karim Bibi Triki, announced on Monday, a substantial rise in the country’s international bandwidth capacity to 9.8 Tbit/s. This marks a significant increase from 7.8 Tbit/s in 2022, 2.8 Tbit/s in 2021, and 1.5 Tbit/s at the start of 2020.

According to the Ministry, the enhancement aims to provide increased flexibility, emphasizing the strategic role of international bandwidth in ensuring and maintaining Internet services.

The initiative is part of a broader strategy to augment Algeria’s international bandwidth capacity, coinciding with the deployment of a telecommunications infrastructure modernization and development program. The primary objective is to anticipate the escalating Internet demand and ensure ultra-high-speed access.

As per the “Digital 2023” report by international consultancy Datareportal, the median mobile Internet connection speed in Algeria via cellular networks reached 13.40 Mbps, marking an over 17% increase in the 12 months leading up to the start of 2023. Fixed-line Internet speeds reached 11.01 Mbps, rising by 1.23 Mbps compared to 2022.

The bandwidth expansion to 9.8 Tbit/s will facilitate the adoption of new technologies such as 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other emerging services. It will also bolster network resilience, catering to the growing demand for services that require rapid data transmission, including video streaming, online gaming, and other bandwidth-intensive applications.

Samira Njoya


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