Tunisiana awarded 3G and fixed-line licences

Qtel_TunisianaQtel's subsidiary Tunisiana has won licences to operate 3G and fixed-line networks in Tunisia. (Image source: Qtel)Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has announced that its subsidiary Tunisiana has won licences to operate 3G and fixed-line networks in Tunisia

The Tunisian Ministry of Information Technologies and Communication awarded the North African telecom operator the licences.

The company will pay US$135 million for the additional licences, Qtel said in a statement.

Qtel Group CEO Nasser Marafih said, “This is an important step in our ability to broaden the range of services we are able to offer customers and better serve their needs.”

The 3G network will be launched in July 2012 and the fixed-line services at the beginning of 2013.

Qtel became the majority stakeholder in Tunisiana following the completion of its joint venture deal to acquire Orascom Telecom Holding’s 50 per cent stake in the firm in January 2011.

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