Zain lobbies for phone watchdog

26 October 2007
Zain is calling on the Kuwait government to set up an independent telecoms regulator.

'We would very much like to see the government and the legislators work together to establish a regulatory body to ensure a fair and equitable playing field for all parties,' says Khalid al-Omar, acting chief executive officer of the local subsidiary of Zain. Kuwait is the only member of the GCC without its own telecoms regulator. Zain, which started in Kuwait, also has operations in Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. 'We would expect a telecoms regulator to provide the freedom for us to offer complementary technologies, a dedicated international gateway and to become an internet service provider,' says Al-Omar.

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