Tunisia Launches an International Call for Tenders for Third Fixed and Mobile Telecommunications License


The Ministry of Communication Technologies has officially launched an international call for tenders for bidders to obtain a second and third generation fixed and mobile telecommunications license. The license is "technologically neutral and open in terms of services and choice of infrastructure", says the call.

The tender specifies eligibility conditions: "Only telecommunication operators with their own infrastructure and with a two year experience, and at least one operating license in fixed or mobile telephone lines or of a license including satellite data transmission services used in Tunisia, are entitled to submit an offer alone or together with other investors". The deadline for bidders is May 5, 2009, 5 pm local time, says the statement.

There are currently two telephone providers in Tunisia, one is 'Tunisie Telecom' the historical state owned operator with a 35% stake held by Dubai's "Tecom" and the second is 'Tunisiana', a joint venture of Kuwait's 'Watanya' and Egypt's 'Orascom', which was awarded a mobile license in 2002. Recent figures show that 9 million Tunisians (out of a population of 10. 2 million) have a mobile phone license.

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