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As part of modernizing and developing the telecommunications sector, Algeria had signed an agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) Group in March 2015, in order to carry out a fiber optic link called ORVAL connecting Oran to Valencia and ALVAL (extension of this undersea cable towards Algiers).

ORVAL constitutes a strategic technological investment. It is meant to enhance access to high quality networks services likewise the two existing submarine cables, namely SMW4 linking Annaba to Marseille and Alpal2 linking Algiers to Palma. This aims to achieve an optimal and powerful connection able to resist any disaster likely to harm submarine cables function.