Dismissing Etisalat diminishes attracting foreign investment image

Tehran, May 16. MOBNA – Dismissing Etisalat from Iran third mobile phone operator project diminishes the image of attracting foreign investment in Iran, the former head of the parliament`s telecommunication committee said.

“If Emirates Etisalat did not have conditions to participate in third operator tender, it should not have been allowed to enter in tender at all,” Ramezan Ali Sadeghzadeh told Irans mobile phone news agency, (MOBNA).
“Authorities before holding tender should have studied participants political and security qualification. Holding international tenders should not be in a way that ruins Iran foreign investment image,” he said.
Telecommunication minister had announced dismissing Etisalat from third operator project because is did not perform its commitments.
By announcing the dismissing of Tamin-Etisalat consortium due to not fulfilling its financial commitments, it seems that according to tender documents Zain Kuwait will be Iran third operator.
Etisalat was selected as third operator winner on 12 January 2009.
Tamin- consortium compromises of Iranian company Tamin Telecom dependent to Social Security investment company and Emirates operator Etisalat which was selected as Iran third mobile phone operator tender winner on 12 January 2009.
It was planned the operator to pay 160,000 trillion rials to government during 15 years and to attract 17 million subscribers.