Qatar to begin market liberalisation in second quarter

7 Mar 2007

Qatar’s Supreme Council for Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) said it would consult potential new telecoms operators by the end of this month, before publishing details of a new licensing plan in the second quarter. ‘The licensing process is expected to be completed by the end of 2007,’ a statement said. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Qatar’s telecoms sector, currently a monopoly of state-run Qtel, is set to be liberalised in phases beginning this year under legislation issued in November 2006.