In Brie:Iranian consortium looking to enter Syrian mobile market 

A consortium of Iranian companies is seeking to enter war-torn Syria’s tightly-controlled telecoms market.The unnamed Syrian telecoms sector source was quoted as saying that the Iranian companies (also unidentified) have set their sights on taking a share in a proposed third Syrian mobile network operator to compete with South African-backed MTN Syria and domestically-owned SyriaTel. Both existing cellcos won new 20-year operating concessions in January 2015,whilst reports have since circulated that the government is aiming to award a third licence.The government-owned fixed line incumbent operator Syrian Telecom (ST, formerly Syrian Telecommunications Establishment [STE]) would take a minority stake of approximately 20% in the proposed new Iranian-backed third mobile operator, whilst the foreign consortium is reportedly yet to decide on a brand name for the nascent venture.

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