Regulator mulls GSM licence auction

23 May 2005

The Palestinian Authority has revealed plans to auction a second GSM licence in the country, to create competition for the sole mobile operator Palestine Cellular Telecom Company (Palcel), which operates under the banner Jawwal. Palcel is the wireless arm of fixed line monopoly operator Paltel, and launched a GSM-900 network in August 1999. Although it is the only mobile operator, it does face some competition from Israeli operators which also provide services in the country.