Vodafone and Qatar Foundation Consortium announced as the winning applicant of the second fixed licence
Doha, 15 September, 2008
The Vodafone and Qatar Foundation Consortium welcome the announcement that it is the winning applicant of the Second Public Fixed Networks and Services Licence (“Licence”) by the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (“ictQATAR”). The Consortium will now commence with the licence pre-grant requirements, including the formation of an incorporated company with the other shareholders, as specified in the Fixed Licence Application Procedures issued by ictQATAR. It is expected that the combined strengths of Vodafone Qatar’s mobile services and the soon to be formed fixed line company will greatly benefit the people of Qatar.
Commenting on the announcement, Grahame Maher, CEO, Vodafone Qatar said; “Vodafone is delighted as this will strengthen our ability to make a world of difference for the people in Qatar. The combined strengths provided by the mobile and fixed licences will enable the 2 companies to produce synergies that will deliver total communications services to our customers, whilst delivering value to customers and our shareholders.”
Rashid Al Naimi, VP for Administration at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development said: “Qatar Foundation has a clear strategy to attract innovative and technology focused companies that will support Qatar’s mission to develop a knowledge based economy whilst at the same time providing employment opportunities, knowledge transfer and best in class services for the people of Qatar. With the two companies working together, they will deliver on all of these objectives and we look forward to seeing the company take its place in Qatar’s fast growing telecoms market.”