2nd Palestinian mobile phone network will get frequencies from Israel

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) _ Wataniya Mobile, a Palestinian mobile phone carrier, says it has received Israeli assurances that it will soon be assigned the spectrum frequencies it needs to operate. The CEO of Wataniya Mobile, Allan Richardson, told a news conference Thursday that the company would eventually invest $650 million in the Palestinian territories and create up to 2,500 jobs. The announcement came during a Palestinian investors' conference. Wataniya Mobile would become the second mobile phone carrier in the Palestinian territories. The company says that after lengthy negotiations with Israel, it was informed of the Israeli assurances by international Mideast envoy Tony Blair and by the Palestinian government.