Tunisia’s Ministry of Communications announced it has provisionally chosen the bid from France Telecom and Tunisian VSAT operator Divona for a 15-year fixed and mobile licence. The consortium was in competition with Turkcell and local backers, and must meet all conditions under the terms of the international tender for the contract to be confirmed. The confirmed winner will compete against Tunisie Telecom with over 1 million fixed-line and 4.3 million mobile customers, and Orascom’s Tunisiana, with 4.2 million mobile subscribers at the end of 2008.