The three licenses were awarded to:
Asia-Cell. The consortium of the local Asia-Cell Telecom (51 per cent), Wataniya Telecom of Kuwait (40 per cent) and Bahrain-based United Gulf Bank (9 per cent), has the licence for the northern region, where Asia-Cell Telecom already operates a small GSM network based in Suleimaniya.
a consortium led by Cairo-based Orascom Telecom and two investors identified as Egyptian businessman Alaa el-Khawaja and the local Allied SA. It has the licence for the central region.
Atheer Telecom Iraq. The consortium of Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) of Kuwait, the local Dijla Telecommunications Corporation and Kuwait-based Kharafi Group has the licence for the southern region.
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