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Iran's Parliament endorses urgency of cellphone operation bill

Tehran, Oct 26, IRNA -- Iran's Parliament (Majlis) in its Tuesday session approved the urgency of a bill which allows implementation of an agreement on the second operator for cellular phone with the Turkish company IranCell, a TurkCell subsidiary.

The government proposed bill was tabled at Majlis following a parliamentary approval which mandated implementation of contracts with Turkish Tav and IranCell companies after legislative approval.

The bill will be investigated at specialized Majlis commissions and the outlines and details of the bill will then be debated at an open session of parliament for final approval.

If the bill is approved by Majlis, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (CIT) would have the authority to implement the agreement for cellphone operation based on the Article 124 of the Third Five-Year Economic Development Plan (2000-05) signed with IranCell company.

If the bill is endorsed by Majlis, the CIT and Information Ministry would have the final say on implementation of related agreements.

Based on Article 124 of the Third Plan, government would have full supervision on operation of cellphone networks within the country as part of the non-mother telecommunication networks.

Meanwhile, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ahmad Motamedi here Tuesday predicted that given the atmosphere prevailing Majlis, the conclusion of the agreement on the second operator for cellular phone with the Turkish company TurkCell will be approved.

Speaking to reporters after the draft agreement on IranCell, a subsidiary of TurkCell, was submitted to Majlis, he said that since there is nothing wrong with the document, any objection to it is rejected.

"The lawmakers underline clarifying the ambiguities about IranCell agreement and revising it. In case the revisions brought up by the MPs are within the framework of what has been already discussed, the Turkish partner can be talked into finalizing the document," he added.

Turning to the atmosphere prevailing in the Majlis for examining the agreement as positive, he noted, "If the lawmakers wish to be conservative, we will raise no objection."

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