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Kuwait Moves Closer to Setting up Independent Telecoms Regulator

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Kuwait's National Assembly has passed the first stage in legislation that will see the creation of the country's first independent telecoms regulator.

At the moment, regulatory decisions are taken by the Ministry of Communications, but as the government also owns the country's sole landline operator and the international gateway -- that had been seen as a conflict of interest.

The Assembly has passed the first stage of the bill creating the regulator, and it now passes to a second reading which is set for next week.

If passed, the regulator will have control of all the telecoms services, although the exact nature of its powers and limits are still to be debated.

The Ministry has also proposed previously to privatise the landline network, although those plans were put on hold until the regulator is set up.

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