Etisalat bids for Libyan licence

21 Jul 2009

According to a report by Reuters, Emirates Telecoms (Etisalat) has announced that it has lodged a bid for an integrated fixed and mobile licence in Libya. Salem Ali al-Sharhan, chief financial officer of Etisalat said, ‘It is part of our strategy for expansion … We have no investments in North Africa (besides Egypt) so this is a first step.’ As reported by CommsUpdate on 13 July, Etisalat will face competition for the concession from Turkey’s leading mobile operator by subscribers, Turkcell. Libya’s General Telecommunication Authority launched the tender on 16 February with a view to having named a winner in June; however interest in the concession has only recently gathered pace.