Awarding of Iraq mobile licenses delayed

The announcement of the winners of Iraq’s three cellular phone licenses and the awarding of contracts has been delayed by a week to Sept. 12, according to a Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) spokesman, reported Dow Jones Newswires.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  September 3, 2003

The announcement of the winners of Iraq’s three cellular phone licenses and the awarding of contracts has been delayed by a week to Sept. 12, according to a Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) spokesman, reported Dow Jones Newswires.

The news wire said, the CPA spokesperson said the overwhelming amount of bidders prompted the postponement of the announcement ‘to do justice’ to the bids. August 21 was the deadline for submitting bids for three two-year licences.

Under ousted President Saddam Hussein mobile phones were banned. Shortly after the fall of Baghdad, satellite phones sprung all over the capital and in June Bahrain’s Batelco started servicing the country through a $5 million network.

However, U.S. pressure forced Batelco to pull the plug on its services, and the bidding process subsequently started.

The consortiums include TurkCell (Turkey), Wataniya (Kuwait), Batelco (Bahrain), Zagil, and MCI among others.

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