Syria completes draft licence for third mobile provider

11 Jan 2022

Industry watchdog the Syrian Telecommunications and Post Regulatory Authority (SY-TPRA) has finalised the draft licence for a third mobile provider, the regulator said in a statement yesterday, whilst clarifying that it has not yet issued a final licence. Details of the planned concession were not provided, though SY-TPRA explained that the licensee would be required to adhere to ‘the highest international standards’ and ‘match the ‘latest global services’. The operator will be expected to utilise 4G technology, with the possibility of deploying 5G in the future. The new licensee would also be granted the opportunity to use the networks of the existing duopoly of MTN Syria and SyriaTel in some areas for a period of up to two years, whilst the new entrant completes the rollout of its own infrastructure.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2021 documents were published showing that Syrian business authorities had approved the creation of a new company, Wafa Telecom, to provide cellular communications and related services. Following the disclosure, however, Ministry of Communication and Technology (MoCT) clarified that Wafa Telecom has not been issued the necessary licences by the relevant regulatory bodies.