Wataniya Palestine calls for investment repayment as spectrum issue remains unresolved

8 Jun 2009

Wataniya Palestine, the winner of a combined 2G and 3G concession for the Palestinian Territory in September 2006, is demanding that its investment is repaid unless Israel releases promised spectrum, Reuters reports. The revelation comes hot on the heels of reports last month that funding for the operator was in jeopardy as a result of the delays in the release of needed frequencies; despite an agreement in August 2008 between Wataniya and Israel’s Ministry of Communications (MoC) the cellco still has not received the spectrum it needs for launch. Palestinian Communications Minister Mashour Abu Daqqa said of the current situation: ‘They (Wataniya Palestine) are demanding their money back, plus another USD200 million in expenses for installing some equipment, running costs and other things.’ Wataniya last month called on the former UK prime minister Tony Blair, now acting as a special envoy for the Middle East, to intervene in the matter.

Palestinian Territory, Ministry of Communications, Ooredoo Palestine