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MTC in licence talks in Iraq

Kuwaiti operator MTC is aiming for a long-term mobile phone licence in Iraq, according to Reuters.

Kuwaiti operator MTC is aiming for a long-term mobile phone licence in Iraq, according to Reuters.

The news agency has reported the telco is in talks with Iraqi authorities to upgrade its existing temporary mobile licence to a permanent one.

MTC, through its subsidiary MTC Atheer, is the latest in a string of operators moving to increase their presence in the war-torn country. In addition to MTC, Iraqna, Asiacell, Korek and SanaTel also provide mobile services in the country.

However, Qatar Telecom, which owns a 40% stake in Wataniya Telecom, last week said in a statement on the Doha stock exchange that a court had been petitioned to shut down Asiacell, part-owned by Wataniya.

Since 2003, the MTC Group has grown from a one-country operator to huge regional player. MTC operates as MTC-Vodafone in Kuwait and Bahrain, Fastlink in Jordan, MTC Touch in Lebanon, and Celtel in several African countries.

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