Cablegate: Iraqi Mobile Tender Conference Set for Amman

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

1. Action recommendation at paragraph 4.

2. (U) The Coalition Provisional Authority of Iraq (CPA)
announced July 21 that a bidders' conference for companies
with an interest in a recently-issued mobile telecom services
tender in Iraq would be held in Amman July 31. The tender,
which will be published July 28, will offer licenses to
operate mobile telecom networks in Iraq. Up to three
licenses are expected to be made available.

3. (U) Featured speakers at the one-day conference, to be
held at the Amman Grand Hyatt, include: Jordanian Minister of
Information Communications and Technology Fawaz Zu'bi; Dr.
Shakir Abdullah, Secretary General of the Iraqi Ministry of
Transport and Communications (MOTC); Abdul Latif, Director
General of the Iraq Telegraph and Posts Company; Jim Davies,
Senior CPA Communications Advisor to the MOTC; and David
Leech, MOTC Communications Director. In addition to the
bidding process, the conference will cover the future of
mobile network telephone services, data networks, and
Internet services in Iraq. Attendees will have the
opportunity to speak directly with CPA and MOTC telecom

4. (U) RECOMMENDATION: Due to the short notice of the
conference announcement and limited tender process,
organizers request that regional posts advise local telecom
sector leads of the conference and tender offer promptly.
Online registration and additional conference and tender
information are available at, and
questions may be sent to or via
conference organizer Thuraya Husseini at 00-962-6-566-4916.

5. (U) Minimize Baghdad considered.

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