Monday, 9 February 2009

Oman to witness first MVNO launch (soon) – Oman

Oman is expected to witness the first MVNO launch in the region by the end of March 2009, in the form of Renna, the brand name of Majan Telecommunications.

Renna is expected to face stiff competition from FRiENDi mobile. According to Antti Arponen, Chief Executive Officer of FRiENDi, the company also already meets the four basic requirements to launch an MVNO; that includes license, wholesale agreement, funding and distribution agreement.

In our previous issues, we had mentioned about Majan Telecommunications receiving a Class II reseller license from the regulator. Another company Mazoon Mobile, which had been granted a Class II license, is also awaiting a reseller deal with either of Oman’s network operators. According to Mohamed Alhashili, Chief Executive Officer of Mazoon Mobile, the company will be ready to launch its operations within 40 days of the finalisation of a wholesale agreement.