Kuwait Telecom Market Snapshot 2011

Kuwait was the first of many countries in the MENA region to enter the wireless communication industry by establishing Mobile Telecommunications Company in 1983. MTC (currently named Zain) was mainly owned by the Kuwaiti Government with a 49% stake of the company, which was reduced to 25% in 2001. Wataniya Telecom was commercially launched in 1999 as the first privately owned operator in Kuwait, which is when the government allowed the establishment of a second operator. Viva, the third operator, initiated its operations in 2008.

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