Arab telecom company secures US$178 million contract

Bashair Telecom, an Arab company registered in Sudan has announced signing a major US$178 million, 15-year contract to operate a mobile telephone server network in Sudan.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  October 28, 2003

Bashair Telecom, an Arab company registered in Sudan has announced signing a major US$178 million, 15-year contract to operate a mobile telephone server network in Khartoum.

According to multiple news reports from the AFP and Sudan's SUNA news agency, Bashair Telecom has signed the long term agreement with the Sudan government's Telecommunications Public Corporation (STPC)or SudaTel, which provides telecom, mobile and internet services in Sudan.

The US$178 million contract would involve deploying and operating a mobile telephone server network to operate alongside the existing server, Mobitel.

The Sudan registered Arab owned telecom company expects to start operations by April 2004. Reports add, that a similar mobile server contract was granted to a private company earlier this year, which did not materialise.

SudaTel is the first non-UAE company to be listed on the Dubai financial market and the Abu Dhabi stock market. The firm currently serves over 500,000 telephone subscribers and more than 150,000 mobile phone users in Sudan. SudaTel's shareholders include Etisalat (Dubai Telecom), Qatar Telecommunications Company (QTel) and individual investors from the GCC.

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