From September 13 to 17, 2020, the Algerian Ministry of Education forced mobile phone operators Djezzy, Mobilis and Ooredoo to restrict Internet access across the country during the 637,000 bachelor’s degree exams. Candidates. The goal is to avoid a lot of deception in the past.
However, the authorities believe this measure is effective, but it has been strongly criticized by consumers of telecommunications services, who condemned its freedom of communication and obstacles to economic activities. dzairdaily.com reported that for participants in the ICT industry, the government’s decision has also had an adverse financial impact on the Internet sector.
Younes Grar, CEO of Internet service provider Gecos, estimated that the financial loss recorded by the Internet department during the Bac was 50 billion dinars ($388 million). For Ali Kahlane, a transformation and digital maturity consultant and vice chairman of the Corporate Action and Reflection Group (Care), the financial loss caused by Internet cuts is about 26 billion dinars. For the international ICT expert Youcef Boucherim (photo), this number is much smaller, he estimated at 15 billion dinars.
According to Algerian Telecom, Algerian consumers whose Internet access was interrupted for a few days in August due to “international network fluctuations” called on the government to adopt other solutions to ensure school exams. Installing cell phone jammer in the test center cannot prevent candidates from entering the test room with their mobile phones.