Saudi Arabian fixed line licences to be granted in July

The three consortia that won licences to offer fixed line services in Saudi Arabia recently are to receive their licences next month.

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By  Michele Howe Published  June 16, 2007

The three consortia that won licences to offer fixed line services in Saudi Arabia recently are to receive their licences next month.

The consortia - led by Bahrain's Batelco, Hong Kong's PCCW and US firm Verizon Communications - will be able to start commercial operations a year after the receipt of the licences, according to a report in Arab News.

The regulatory authority, Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), announced in April that it had approved the application of the three consortia to offer landline services in Saudi Arabia, the GCC's largest telecommunications market.

The arrival of the new players brings an end to the monopoly of incumbent Saudi Telecom on the fixed line service market.

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