U.S. ORDERS BAGHDAD MOBILES OFF

Last week, mobile phones mysteriously began working in Baghdad, giving the war-ravaged city a needed boost to its shattered communications infrastructure. Now, the BBC reports, U.S. authorities in Iraq have ordered the Bahraini firm Batelco to stop running the service."The authorities were concerned that a renegade service provider could upset its own plans to put Iraqi mobile licences up for tender next week," according to the Beeb."Since Batelco had not applied for a licence of its own, the Coalition Provisional Authority has asked the firm to shut down its roaming facility. The firm said it had already spent $5m (3.1m) on infrastructure in Baghdad."(via Techdirt)

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