26 April 2011
The Syrian government has been forced to postpone the auction of its third GSM mobile licence due to the political uprisings in the country.
There have not been reports as to when the auction
might be rescheduled due to the uncertain state of the country
with ongoing anti-government protests and the death of dozens
of its citizens.
According to Telegeography the third mobile licence
carries a minimum reserve of $122.2 million. Before it was
postponed it was only Saudi company STC, and
Qatar’s Qtel that were competing for the license.
Neither company has made any reference to withdrawing their
offer despite the country’s state.
Before the protests started, France Telecom, Turkcell
and Etisalat were all in the running to bid for the licence.
But, at the end of March Etisalat withdrew its offer with
France Telecom and Turkcell both removing their bids at the
beginning of April.