Algeria's Posts and Telecommunications minister Mohammad Maghlaoui has said that he hopes his country will achieve the status of an "emerging state" in the communications sector by 2010, reported the Pan-African news agency.
In order to meet its objective, Meghlaoui said that over the coming nine years his ministry will have to oversee a development program that will target a connectivity of 20 fixed telephone lines per 100 inhabitants, a developed Internet network and a mobile phone network serving 10 million subscribers.
Algeria has its work cut out for it. At present there are only five telephones per 100 inhabitants, with 500,000 fixed telephone and 700,000 cellular phone applications still pending. The country has only 20,000 Internet subscribers. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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