Xantic to open offices in Baghdad

Xantic, the Netherlands-based satellite service provider, is to set up permanent offices in Baghdad to provide support to its clients involved in humanitarian work and reconstruction.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  June 3, 2003

Xantic, the Netherlands-based satellite service provider, is to set up permanent offices in Baghdad to provide support to its clients involved in humanitarian work and reconstruction.

The company, which offers mobile services to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as UNHCR and the World Food Programme through its partnership with satellite operator Inmarsat, has also tied up with two local service providers in Iraq to help it target the new market.

“The preparations are finished,” says Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Xantic vice president, Middle East and Africa, adding that the company has made visits to Kuwait and Jordan to formulate plans for the move.

However, the firm will wait until it can guarantee security for its employees before moving them in. “What we are planning to do is to open the offices [when] the situation is a little more safe and stable,” Schalkwijk adds.

The scarcity of telecoms services in Iraq following the conflict and damage to the country’s infrastructure during the war has caught the
attention of both satellite operators and service providers.

Thuraya, the UAE-based company, claimed to have sold 12,000 handsets in Iraq during the month of April and has said that the country is accounting for 20% of its overall traffic. The operator has set up a task force to focus on the new market.

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