February 19, 2009 / 2:28 PM / 10 years ago

Libya says tenders mobile-fixed phone licence

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya is tendering a combined mobile and fixed-line telephone licence, the government-run General Telecommunications Authority (GTA) said on Thursday.

OPEC member Libya would become the latest North African state to allow private investors into the lucrative telecoms sector, after government officials repeatedly said the country did not need foreign private sector involvement.

“The goal is to offer the opportunity to private sector to deploy and operate new infrastructures delivering fixed services and mobile services to each Libyan citizen and stimulate the Libyan market,” GTA added in a statement.

GTA did not set a deadline for the tender but said the licensing process would take three stages — a subscription, a qualification and a bidding stage— at the end of which the winner would be picked on the quality of their offer.

“The bids concerning this fixed and mobile licence are: one up-front payment for the right to operate a fixed and mobile network in Libya (and) a percentage of the gross revenue to be paid annually,” it said.

Would-be bidders have to pay 650,000 Libyan Dinars for the right to participate in the tender, said GTA, giving interested operators an email address www.tender.gta.ly to get more details on the licensing process.

Libya has two state mobile phone operators Libyana and Madar to service a market of 5 million population.

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