Palestine Telecommunication Company (Paltel Group)
Paltel Group or Palestinian Telecommunication Group is the largest private-sector company in the Palestinian territories, employing almost 2,000 people. Its Subsidiaries include the Landline network Paltel which was in service in 1994, Cellular network Communications with the Brand name Jawwal and Internet services provider Hadara. In 1995, when Yasser Arafat set up the Palestine Telecommunications Co, only 3% of Palestinians owned a telephone. The initial three year plan was to invest $600m in the West Bank and Gaza in order to increase customers from 85,000 to 250,000. An agreement was reached in 1997 to acquire know how from Cable and Wireless  and in 1998 Ericsson won the contract to supply a GSM cellular network. That year Arafat called on mobile users to switch to Paltel which would soon become the sole providers for the two regions.