Etisalat to launch mobile services in Iran

Etisalat is expected 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. Etisalat has said that 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 get benefit on its ability to offer data services without any tough competition from other two Iranian incumbents and is intending to take significant market share within a short period of operation.