‘The award of the TeleYemen contract to Huawei generated widespread confusion and many reports that an unidentified Chinese firm was going to be picked for the third licence without open bidding,’ says a government official involved in the process. ‘However, this is not the case.’

The other two mobile operators in the country are Sabaphoneand Spacetel Yemen. Their exclusivity rights expired in mid-August (MEED 18:6:04).