Vodafone wins fixed-line licence in Qatar

15 September 2008
Vodafone, the UK telecoms giant, has won Qatar's second fixed-line telecoms licence, meaning that it can now sell internet and land-line services alongside mobile phone services.

The company won its mobile licence in Qatar in December 2007 with a bid of $2.1bn. Vodafone's local partner, the non-profit-making Qatar Foundation, paid $1.7bn of the licence cost and Vodafone just $400m.

Vodafone Qatar, which is split equally between Vodafone and the Qatar Foundation, was again the vehicle for the acquisition of the fixed-line licence.

The joint venture beat competing bids from Jordan Telecom and a consortium of Hong Kong-based PCCW and the Qatar Investment & Projects Development Holding Company.

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