Three VIE for KSA licence

Batelco will be competing with two consortia for the fixed-line telecom licence on offer in Saudi Arabia.

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By  Administrator Published  April 19, 2007

Batelco will be competing with two consortia for the fixed-line telecom licence on offer in Saudi Arabia.

The Kingdom's telecoms regulatory authority, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) said this week three of the original ten bidders for the public fixed services licence had qualified for the next round of the auction.

The two international groups up against Bahraini operator Batelco are US-based MCI International/Verizon and PCCW, based in Hong Kong.

All three bidders are strong contenders for the licence, opined IDC telecoms expert Mohsen Malaki.

While MCI International/Verizon and PCCW would use the licence to expand their international portfolio, Batelco would derive numerous advantages from securing the licence, including cost savings as it could route international traffic directly between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia enabling it to save on connection fees, Malaki said.

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