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Saudi Telecom to start Bahraini operations in Q1

Bahraini unit of STC hasn't decided on the exact date of launching operations.

Saudi Telecom to start Bahraini operations in Q1
BIG BUY: STC acquired Bahrains third mobile licence for $230 million in January 2009. (Getty Images)

The Bahraini unit of Saudi Telecom's (STC) plans to start its operations during the first quarter, a spokesman said on Thursday, a year after acquiring a licence in the country."We're working (to launch) within the first quarter, but we haven't decided on the exact date yet," a spokesman said. STC acquired Bahrain's third mobile licence for $230 million in January 2009. It initially planned to start operations at the end of last year.

It will compete with incumbent Bahrain Telecommunications (Batelco) and the local unit of Kuwait's Zain over mobile customers in Bahrain, a small market with a population of about 1.3 million. (Reuters)

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