Etisalat to launch with HSDPA

telegeography.com - Etisalat has said that it expects to launch mobile services in Iran within six to nine months. Etisalat holds a 49% stake in the consortium that acquired the country’s third mobile licence for USD399 million. Its local partner is Tameen Telecom, an Iranian public sector investment fund. Although the licence was relatively cheap, Etisalat has said it plans to spend USD1 billion on its Iranian network. The operator also secured the right to be the exclusive 3G operator for two years, and according to company executives it is likely to offer HSDPA services from the outset. Etisalat will capitalise on its ability to offer data services without any competition from Iran’s other two mobile operators and aims to take significant market share within a short period of operation.