Seventh heaven for regulator in mobile auction

19 Sep 2007

Seven companies and consortiums have placed bids for the second mobile network operating licence in Qatar, the country’s Supreme Council of Information & Communication Technology said in a statement yesterday. The seven to meet the Sunday deadline were: Bahrain Telecom (Batelco), AT&T, Vodafone Group, Etisalat, Zain Group (formerly MTC), Ace Consortium (led by Bharti Airtel) and Argos Consortium (led by Verizon Communications). Five other shortlisted participants dropped out of the auction, namely: Jordan Telecom, Orascom Telecom, Quic Consortium (led by Omantel and Belgacom), Reliance Telecom and Digicel. The regulator is due to announce a winner next month.