France Telecom has submitted a bid for a licence to provide fixed and 2G/3G mobile services in Tunisia, according to a statement from the ministry of technology and communication. As previously reported, a bid was also received from Turkcell in partnership with local investors. The winning company will compete with Tunisie Telecom in fixed and internet services and with Tunisie Telecom and Orascom Telecom in mobile.
The 15-year licence is due to be awarded at the end of June, with services expected to start in January 2010. According to press reports, France Telecom submitted a joint bid with Divona Telecom's Tunisian subsidiary.