"WiFi, le haut débit sans fil" [WiFi, the high flow without wires] par Samir Ben, El Watan, 25 avril 2005. According to this article in French, everyone in Algeria is talking about Wi-fi and it is increasingly available. Even Algérie Telecom "hopes to launch Wifi services." But doubts remain about its legal status.
"Siemens wins in Algeria", TeleGeography's CommsUpdate, 19 March 2007: "Siemens has won a EUR7 million (USD9.3 million) contract from Algérie Télécom for the supply of wireless broadband equipment, including 12,000 wireless LAN access points, plus Wi-Fi-enabled end-user devices and WiMAX base stations. The telco plans to set up a city-wide WLAN system covering the capital Algiers which will offer wireless internet services to business users..."
"Accès à internet à haut débit SLC lance le premier réseau national privé," par Faïçal Medjahed, Liberté Algerie, 27 juillet 2005 (in French). An Algerian mobile phone operator, Smart Link Communication, is building the first private nationwide wireless IP "backbone" in the Magreb region. According to this article, their net already covers most of the capital, Algiers, and provides high-speed fixed Internet access to business customers. The network is almost certainly not unlicensed.
"Algeria becomes the Arab World's WiMAX pioneer,"Middle East/North Africa Report, 22 April 2006: "The first commercial deployment of WiMAX in the Arab World was in Algeria. Smart Link Communication (SLC) has deployed WiMAX to provide broadband wireless services... The frequencies SLC uses for WiMAX are in the 3.5 GHz band and 5.8 GHz band. SLC's goal is to build a wireless broadband backbone covering the national territory, to develop the metropolitan broadband networks, and to set up an independent new generation telecom infrastructure... Algeria's tough and mountainous terrain makes it an ideal candidate for wireless connectivity solutions..."
"Algerian trains speed to wireless networking," by Eliot Beer, ITP Technology, 4 September 2006: "Algerian railways operator Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF) has begun deployment of a GSM-R-based wireless networking system, the first in Africa. GSM for railways (GSM-R) is a communications technology developed for use by rail operators in Europe, based on the GSM mobile telecoms standard..."