Alami also said that the government was reconsidering its plan to auction a second fixed-line telecoms licence, following the failure to find any bidders by the November 2001 deadline. ‘We have one fixed phone operator, around 1.1 million subscribers and the volume of communication is limited,’ he said. ‘So the question is, do we really need a second fixed phone operator?’ Fixed lines have been falling as increasing numbers turn to mobile phones. The tender would be re-launched in 2003 if conditions in the world telecoms market improve, Alami said.