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Third Dutch company participates in Iran mobile network roaming system

Tehran, Sept 15, IRNA-The subscribers of Dutch Telecom Company KPN are now able to use Iran's mobile roaming network while in the country the Iran Telecommunication Roaming Network Company said in Tehran on Wednesday.

It added that since July the Dutch Mobile Company (T-MObile) and the Iran Telecommunication Roaming Network Company, Iranian subscribers visiting the Netherlands can also use the mobile services in the country.

The Iranian telecommunication company aiming to expand it services has now inked contracts with over 53 mobile operators in 37 nations.

The talks on awarding a contract for Iran second mobile operator has dragged on.

Turkish telecom giant Turkcell has lost all chances and Irancell Consortium will give the priority to South Africa's Mobile Telephone Network (MTN) by signing the 300 million euro second mobile telephone operator deal in order not to loose the lucrative market, said an Iranian official here on Sunday.

"MTN will be absolutely given the priority but we can also talk with other interested parties for the credit and financial aspects of the deal. Turkcell has missed all its opportunities," a Defense inistry official said.

The chairman of the Board of Directors of Irancell and head of the Electronic Industries Department of the Defence Ministry Ebrahim Mahmoudzadeh, told a press conference that Irancell can sign the deal with other alternative firms, including MTN, in a week in quest for better terms.

Mahmoudzadeh said the Iranian partners decided to turn to other foreign partners due to Turkcell's failure to fulfill obligations during the deadlines and also because of the company's internal and external problems, which dragged the Ankara government into the issue.

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