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Namibia to offer second GSM licence

Namibia is to open its mobile market to competition later this year, after opening a tender for a new GSM entrant to compete with government-owned MTC.<br>

Namibia is to open its mobile market to competition after opening a tender for a second GSM operator in June.

In a statement, the Namibian Communications Commission (NCC) said it has made tender documents available from its offices and will hold a clarification meeting with prospective applicants on July 23rd.

The tender will close on September 4th 2003, when the evaluation process will begin. “It is extremely difficult to pinpoint a specific date, [but] if all goes well, the NCC will make a recommendation to Cabinet as soon as possible after the closing date,” says Johan Schutte, control officer at the NCC.

The winner will compete with Mobile Telecoms Commission, the sole provider, which is jointly owned by the government, Swedish consultancy Swedtel and investment firm Swedfund.

The Namibian cabinet approved the opening of the country’s mobile market for competition in May 2000, and had recommended that the move take place by 2002.

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