By Shane McGinley
State-backed telcos are among six bidders for the Arab state’s third mobile license
and Qtel, the state-backed Gulf telcos, are among six telecoms firms competing
for Syria’s third mobile communications license, the Syrian Ministry of
Communications and Technology has confirmed.
companies had placed tenders for Syria’s third mobile license ahead of Sunday’s
submission deadline, said Mohammad Al Jalali, assistant minister of
telecommunications and technology.
tenders span Etisalat of the UAE, Etisalat and Saudi Telecom (STC) of Saudi
Arabia, Qtel of Qatar, Turkcell of Turkey, France Telecom of France and TAMCO
Zain, in which Etisalat is in talks to take a 46 percent stake worth $12bn, had
previously expressed interest in the bidding, but failed to submit a tender.
and South Africa’s MTN operate Syria’s existing two licenses in Syria. The
companies have 10.2m subscribers between them.