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23 April 2024

Telecom giants eye Qatar licence

By Agencies

Some of the world's biggest telecom firms are bidding for Qatar's second fixed-line licence, the Gulf state's telecom regulator said on Tuesday.


The companies are AT&T and Verizon from the United States, Batelco from Bahrain, Eutelia from Italy, Jordan Telecom, PCCW from Hong Kong, and British Telecom and Vodafone from Britain.


The closing date for applications has been pushed back from March 6 to April 3 due to high interest in the tender, the regulator said, adding that the winner would be announced in May.


A consortium including Vodafone successfully bid for Qatar's second mobile phone licence last December, breaking the monopoly of state-controlled Q-Tel. (AFP)