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|Founded||12 October 1997|
Wataniya Telecom was commercially launched in 1999 as the first privately owned telecommunications operator in Kuwait. In March 2007, Qatar Telecom (Qtel) acquired 51% of Wataniya Telecom shares from Kuwait Projects Company Holding KSC (KIPCO) group.
Wataniya has been a driving force in increasing the mobile market penetration in Kuwait (over 80%). Wataniya Telecom has grown rapidly through acquisitions in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Maldives, Algeria and the Palestinian territories.
Wataniya Telecom was commercially launched in 1999 as the first privately owned telecommunications operator in Kuwait. In March 2007, Qatar Telecom (Qtel) acquired 51% of Wataniya Telecom shares from Kuwait Projects Company Holding KSC (KIPCO) group. Qtel originally made the offer to all other shareholders of Wataniya Telecom Kuwait on 4 September 2012. As a result of the tender offer, Qtel will be increasing its shareholding in Wataniya Telecom Kuwait from 52.5% to 92.1%.
Qtel is the exclusive telecommunications provider in Qatar. Its principal activities include local and international fixed telephone, mobile, Internet, data and cable television services. Qtel is now active in 16 countries, including Qatar, Oman, Iraq, Singapore and Indonesia. In November 2006, Qtel acquired a strategic 38% equity stake with AT&T in NavLink, a leading provider of Managed Data Services to businesses in the Middle East. Qtel is a winner of the 2006 GCC Economic Award, and is listed on the Doha Securities Market, in addition to the exchanges in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and also has a listed GDR in London.
The new Wataniya building is going to open in early 2013.
There are 13 companies associated with this project:
- 6 Consultants
- 5 Contractors
- 1 Owner
- 1 Supplier
List of Countries
Wataniya owned by Qtel (Qatar Telecom) operates in the different countries with different brand names: