Blair says frequency release delays hurting West Bank

30 Jun 2009

Tony Blair has told Reuters that he believes Israel’s delay in releasing frequencies for a second West Bank mobile phone network is having a negative impact on the area’s economic development. ‘I hope that we can get this moved satisfactorily in the next few weeks,’ the former British prime minister said in an interview. ‘But again it has been very frustrating because we have an agreement, we secured the agreement. All we need is the frequency released.’ Qatar Telecom (Qtel) subsidiary Wataniya Palenstine won an operating concession in 2007 but earlier this month the company demanded its investment back unless the frequencies were released.

Israel, Palestinian Territory, Ooredoo Palestine (formerly Wataniya Mobile Palestine)