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These are the steps for developing the Internet in Algeria

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The government is required to make more efforts to develop the Internet in Algeria

On Friday, two experts called for more efforts to develop the Internet in Algeria, and linked the achievement of the endeavor to the implementation of nine steps.

The Algerian News Agency reported, according to Younes Qarar, an expert in new technologies, that Algeria, which has embarked on a policy of digitizing its public and private sectors, must have a quality telecommunications infrastructure in order to make this transition a success, which requires sufficient coverage and speed of flow for all citizens. Especially in rural areas.

The spokesman recommended taking additional measures, such as accelerating the pace of deploying the fiber optic network to homes, establishing partnerships with private service providers to install and maintain optical fibers, and giving priority to strategic sectors such as education, health, and finance.

In the same context, a decision called for the development of mobile Internet, fourth-generation fixed Internet, and satellite Internet in areas not covered by fiber optics, and the establishment of a government data center to house the data of various ministries and secure the telecommunications infrastructure against cyber attacks.

Decision believes that these measures, which are considered technical and organizational at the same time, require important investments to make the digital transition successful in the country.

For his part, Youssef Bushrim, an expert in media and communication technologies, suggested establishing a governmental or presidential institution charged with supporting the efforts of the media and communication technologies sector, especially in terms of improving flow and connectivity to the Internet.

Bushrim considered that spreading optical fibers is a complex project that requires the intervention of many actors, including suppliers charged with providing the equipment and services necessary to spread this modern technology.

According to the same speaker, it is also related to providing the means for actors in the sector that enable them to invest and innovate without administrative obstacles by simplifying licensing and connection procedures, adding that this would encourage investments in the media and communication technologies sector and improve the quality of the Internet in Algeria.

It is noteworthy that improving the quality of Internet streaming, linked to the rapid development of new media and communication technologies, has remained a priority for the government, which is working to address this challenge in accordance with the directives of the President of the Republic.

In the recent Cabinet meeting, the President of the Republic stressed the need to achieve greater quality and quality in streaming and connectivity to the Internet to raise the level of services in vital sectors. He also stressed the importance of providing maximum protection for the Internet connection network and taking into account the issue of cybersecurity while “seriously thinking” about exploiting satellite technology to provide Internet service, assigning the Minister of the Sector to prepare a comprehensive plan about this process.

To achieve this transformation, Algeria must have a high-quality Internet network with high flow and low latency, as it is necessary for digital applications such as remote work, e-commerce, distance education, and telemedicine.

The number of homes subscribing to fixed Internet increased from 3.5 million subscribers in 2020 to 5.3 million subscribers in 2023, as priority was given to fiber optic technology to the home (FTTH), as the number of subscribers increased from 53,000 to 900,000 during the same period, and fixed Internet flow increased. The lowest is 2 to 10 MB while higher connection speeds are becoming more affordable.

The government took measures to secure Internet connectivity, diversifying submarine cables with fiber optics and landing points, and the capacity of our country’s international communications network increased from 1.5 terabytes per second in 2020 to 7.8 terabytes per second currently. The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications said, “The gains achieved are encouraging, but the government seeks to continue its efforts to further improve Internet connectivity in Algeria.”

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