Etisalat to Bid for Syrian Phone Operator Licence, Khaleej Says

Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Emirates Telecommunications Corp., the bigger of two phone companies in the United Arab Emirates, plans to bid for a licence to become Syria’s third mobile-phone operator, Al Khaleej reported, citing Jamal Al-Jarwan, the chief executive officer for Etisalat’s international investments.

The Syrian government approved the auctioning of a license to run a third mobile telecommunications operator in the country, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency said on Aug. 25.

Etisalat is no longer bidding for licenses in Libya after the government canceled a tender for fixed and mobile-phone licenses, Al Khaleej said, citing Al-Jarwan.

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