Wide Choice

The Maldivian government has started talks with Kuwait’s Al Watania Telecom to offer a second mobile phone slot in the Atolls. The Maldivian government has started talks with Kuwait’s Al Watania Telecom to offer a second mobile phone slot in the Atolls. Cellular services are currently provided by Dhiraagu Pvt. Ltd., a joint-venture between the Maldivian government and Cable and Wireless UK.

The evaluation committee studied the bids submitted by all four parties, Telekom Malaysia International, Syriatel Mobile Telecom SA, Al Watania Telecom and Bharat Consortium, and found Al Watania’s bid to be the most attractive.

“I wish to note that most parties did actually present very competitive tariffs in their documents, and one of the most important factors that we looked at was the expansion of mobile services to all the Atolls in the shortest possible time period, and the scale of the proposed investment. This is where Al Watania won over the other three parties,” says Mohammed Amir, Chief Executive of Telecommunications Authority of Maldives.

The second licence is part of the Maldivian government’s telecom liberalizati