Iraq to award fourth mobile licence
Fourth licence will operate in partnership with Iraqi Telecommunications and Posts Co
Iraq's Communications Ministry aims to issue a fourth mobile phone operator licence in the first quarter of next year, according to a report from Reuters.
The news agency says that Farouq Abdul-Qadir Abdulrahman, Minister of Communication, told reporters in Dubai that the fourth operator would partner with the the Iraqi Telecommunications and Posts Co (ITPC), which already holds the licence, and is part of the Ministry of Communications.
The minister said that fifteen companies had expressed interest in the licence, including US-based Verizon Communications, South Africa's MTN, Turkcell, the UAE's Etisalat, France Telecom, and Vodafone.
Abdulrahman added: "We are looking for a partner to operate it [the licence] for us ... We said we will have a condition of taking a minimum of 30% of the revenue as we are going to provide the infrastructure, everything."