Qatar, which awarded a second mobile phone licence to a group including Vodafone Group last week, said it would allow firms until February to express interest in a fixed-line licence.
Five groups and firms have already said they are interested in the licence that would end the fixed-line monopoly of Qatar Telecommunications.
The licence would be sold for a fixed fee of US$2.75m and the winner would be chosen in April.
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