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A Policy Note on Telecommunications Reform in Algeria

AUTHORITY BIDDING COMMAND ECONOMY COMMUNICATION NEEDS COMMUNICATION SERVICES COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY CONSTITUTION DEBT DECISION MAKING DECISION MAKING PROCESS DECREE DECREES ENACTMENT FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FINANCIAL CRISIS FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES FISCAL FISCAL REVENUES FISCAL SITUATION GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS GOVERNMENT POLICY HEARINGS HUMAN RESOURCE HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK INTERNATIONAL CALLS INTERNET SERVICES ITU JUDICIARY LABOR UNIONS LEGISLATION LIBERALIZATION PLAN LICENSES LOCAL CALLS LONG DISTANCE COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRY OF FINANCE PHONES POLITICAL WILL PRESIDENCY PRIVATE SECTOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION PUBLIC INVESTMENT PUBLIC INVESTMENTS PUBLIC PROPERTY PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS QUALITY OF SERVICE REGULATORY BODY REGULATORY FRAMEWORK REGULATORY POLICIES REGULATORY POLICY RURAL CONNECTIVITY RURAL TELEPHONY SERVICE PROVIDERS SERVICE QUALITY STATE ENTERPRISE SUBSCRIBERS SUBSCRIPTION CHARGES TECHNICAL CRITERIA TELECOM TELECOM SECTOR TELECOMMUNICATION TELECOMMUNICATIONS TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES TELECOMMUNICATIONS LIBERALIZATION TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPERATORS TELECOMMUNICATIONS REFORM TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TELEDENSITY TELEPHONE TELEPHONE CONNECTIONS TELEPHONE DENSITY TELEPHONE LINES TELEPHONE SERVICES TELEPHONES TRANSMISSION TRANSPARENCY VSAT TELECOMMUNICATIONS REFORM POLICY FRAMEWORK REGULATORY FRAMEWORK MARKET STRUCTURE REFORMS FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING PRIVATIZATION POLICY MARKET LIBERALIZATION SOCIAL IMPACTS TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PUBLIC INVESTMENT
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World Bank, Washington, D.C.
Middle East and North Africa | Algeria
2013-06-20T18:36:51Z | 2013-06-20T18:36:51Z | 2004-06

By the end of the 1990s, most industrial and many developing countries had liberalized their telecommunications markets to improve service accessibility and affordability for both businesses and households. In contrast, Algeria still managed its telecommunications sector as public property. The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications set the policy, enforced regulation, and was in charge of service provision. The sector suffered from huge supply shortages, the waiting list lengthened, the quality of service deteriorated and unbalanced the overall fiscal situation. In 1999, a new government appointed in the aftermath of President Bouteflika's election decided to change the situation and launched a comprehensive sector reform. Um reviews progress made in implementing this reform, discusses its preliminary impact, and comments on the main lessons learned. The author shows that by restraining arbitrary administrative action during the reform implementation, the government of Algeria laid the foundation for sustainable growth in the telecommunications sector.

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