Wataniya bags USD85 million funding for network rollout

5 Feb 2009

Wataniya Palestine, the second licensed mobile network operator in the Palestinian Territory, has secured funding of USD85 million for the rollout of its mobile network infrastructure, ITP.net reports. In a statement on the Qatar stock exchange it was revealed that the funding has been agreed in the form of a loan between the operator and a group of lenders including the Bank of Palestine, Quds Bank, Commercial Bank of Palestine Limited, Ericsson Credit AB, International Finance Corporation and Standard Bank. Wataniya is expected to launch commercial services in the first half of 2009, and the operator’s CEO, Allan Richardson, has said that it aims to cover the ‘majority’ of the West Bank initially. Extending coverage to Gaza will reportedly be dependent on further negotiations with the government, according to Mr Richardson.

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