France Telecom Obtains Third Mobile Phone Licence in Tunisia

Telecoms

The Ministry of Communication Technologies has announced that the consortium composed of Divona/ Orange -France-Telecom, presented the best technical offer for the attribution of Tunisia's second and third generation mobile phone licence. The consorium becomes the preferred chosen bidder pending the completion of the provisions included in the procedures of the international call for tender.

The entrance of a new telecommunications operator on the market aims at boosting the telecommunications landscape (land lines, mobile phones, broadband internet), promoting investment and employment and sustaining the business climate in Tunisia.

The Ministry of Communication Technologies indicates that the decree 2009-283 dated February 2, 2009 sets the terms and attribution procedures for a 2nd and 3rd generation public network telecommunications licence.

The two other existing companies are TunisieTelecom and Orascom's Tunisiana.

According to 2008 figures, there are more than 9 million mobile phone users in Tunisia for a population of 10.2 million.

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