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Electronic communications universal service

The Universal Electronic Communications Service is defined as a “minimum set of services, including one or more value-added services, defined by regulation, of specified quality that is accessible to the entire population at affordable rates throughout the national territory “.


The Universal Electronic Communications Service must contribute to:

  • Ensuring the availability of access to electronic communications networks for all citizens across the nationwide;
  • The sustainability of the provision of electronic communications services, including the internet;
  • Enabling connection to public networks to ensure continuity of service;
  • Developing and maintaining basic infrastructure guaranteeing access for all;
  • Ensuring emergency response for disaster management, especially for major risks, as part of telecommunications “ORSEC plans.”

The Universal Electronic Communications Service includes, in particular:

  • Emergency call routing;
  • Telephone service ;
  • Access to electronic communications services, such as landline and mobile telephony and internet, in uncovered areas, with a minimum speed of two (02) Mbps;
  • Interconnection of public education establishments and specialized public education establishments for individuals with specific needs through private networks;
  • Special measures to provide end-users with specific needs in public establishments with equivalent access to that of other end-users;
  • Interconnection of public health establishments through private networks;
  • Setting up the basic infrastructures needed to consolidate, secure, and sustain electronic communications through the natiowide;
  • Availability of equipment needed for implementing telecommunications ORSEC plans.

In application of the principles of equity and equality that the Government strives to materialize in various field through its action plans, our ministerial department works to provide postal and postal financial services, to all citizens, in an equitable manner, throughout nationwide, relaying on the means and resources available, such as the Universal Service Fund for Post and Electronic Communications. The mechanism that has enabled the funding of the following projects:

  • Satellite Hub Project:

The satellite hub has been installed and commissioned at the central-CTS Lakhdaria-Bouira location.

  • Project to upgrade the North-South and South-East parts of the national backbone

The project has been completed at 100%, with eight (08) links totalling an estimated length at 1334.16 km completed in the wilayas of Algiers, Blida, Médéa, Ghardaïa, El Menia, In Salah, Tamanrasset and In Guezzam.

  • Project to provide fixed telecommunication network coverage for 508 landlocked localities:

The project consists in covering 508 landlocked localities, spread over forty-eight (48) wilayas, with a fixed telecommunications network. The project is currently being finalized, with 461 localities covered by August 30, 2023.

  • Project to build three (03) fiber-optic links:

The project involves the construction of two (02) fiber optic links in the Wilaya of Illizi and one (01) fiber optic link connecting Illizi to Tamanrasset.

The project is currently being finalized.

  • Project to cover 1.400 sparsely populated localities with a public mobile telecommunication network:

This is a new project for which the multisectoral commission has given its approval to provide a public mobile telecommunication network to 1400 sparsely populated localities across all fifty-eight (58) wilayas.

The project is currently in the evaluation phase of offers by the Regulatory Authority of Post and Electronic Communications.