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GCC communication ministers have indicated that regional telecom companies will be given priority in the bidding process for forthcoming telecoms projects across the six nations. In a joint statement released at the GCC summit held on 12-13 September in Jeddah, the ministers said that they would be pushing for regional governments to select local telecoms operators ahead of international firms. In all four Gulf countries to have liberalised their mobile markets, GCC operators have been awarded the second licence.