Kuwait’s Zain is considering several tender offers to manage its telecoms network in Iraq and will likely award the contract in the next few weeks, a company spokesman has said.
According to Reuters, Zain refused to name bidders for the managed service agreement, but said there were at least three, with international players such as Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei Technologies and Ericsson likely candidates.
As a specialist, the winner will be better able to improve network quality, the spokesman said, while Zain can focus on marketing, sales and improving customer service.
The Iraqi government has criticised Zain and other providers for patchy coverage, but Zain blames reception problems on military jamming as security forces try to prevent militants from detonating bombs. In some areas, Zain also relies on generators to power its infrastructure.
Zain’s 12 million subscribers in Iraq make it the market leader, but it faces stiffening competition from AsiaCell, part-owned by Qatar Telecom (Qtel), and Iraqi Kurdistan-based Korek Telecom.
(Source: Kipp Report)