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Tunisiana Granted 3G and Landline Operator Licenses

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Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has confirmed that its Tunisia based subsidiary Tunisiana has been awarded both 3GĀ and landline operator licenses by the Tunisian Ministry of Information Technologies and Communication.

The Ministry announced the award of the licenses back in March, but they have now been formally handed over.

Tunisiana is the country's largest mobile network by subscribers but unlike its rivals was not able to offer landline or 3G services.

The additional licences were purchased for a combined consideration of 205 million Tunisian Dinars (USD135 million). In line with regulatory guidelines, the 3G network will be launched in July 2012, with fixed-line services launching at the beginning of 2013.

Dr. Nasser Marafih, Chief Executive Officer of the Qtel Group said: "It will also enable us to leverage our experience and knowledge base across the Qtel Group in the deployment of both the 3G and fixed-line networks, to help ensure that we maintain our market leading position in Tunisia."

Tunisiana has also signed an agreement with Huawei to deploy a 3G network in the internal regions within the country.

Rival networks, Orange and Tunisie Telecom both have 3G licenses already.

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