Vodafone out of Lebanese mobile contest

21 Aug 2015

UK telecoms giant Vodafone Group has withdrawn its interest in competing for a contract to manage one of Lebanon’s two state-owned mobile networks, the company disclosed in an e-mailed response to questions from Reuters, which simply said: ‘Vodafone has decided not to pursue the opportunity in the Lebanon, but we have no further comment to make beyond this.’ As previously reported by CommsUpdate, six companies intending to bid were named earlier this month by the Lebanese Ministry of Telecoms (MoT) as: Vodafone, Orange Group (France), Deutsche Telecom (Germany) via subsidiary Datacom, Maxis (Malaysia), Turkcell (Turkey) and Zain Group of Kuwait (which currently manages one of the cellcos, Touch Lebanon). Egypt’s Orascom Telecom Media & Technology (OTMT), which currently manages Touch’s rival Alfa, was determined by the MoT to have missed the bid application deadline although OTMT disputes this ruling. Results of the tender are scheduled to be announced on 8 September, with contracts to begin at the start of 2016.

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