Friendi Mobile gets virtual network licence in Oman

02 July 2008
Friendi Mobile, a UAE-based telecoms operator, has won a licence to operate a virtual mobile phone network in Oman, the first such licence in the sultanate and the company's second in the region.

The Omani telecoms regulator’s decision to award the licence follows a similar decision by Jordan’s telecoms regulator in March (MEED 28:3:08).

Friendi has yet to sign a deal with one of the incumbent operators in either country.

To operate a virtual mobile phone network, Friendi needs to use the network infrastructure of an incumbent operator. Friendi would then share its revenues with its partner.

In Oman its choice of a partner is limited to Omantel or Nawras, a subsidiary of Qatar’s Qtel, in Oman.

In Jordan, it can choose between Orange (formerly Jordan Telecom), the Kuwaiti operator Zain, Bahrain’s Umniah or the local Xpress.

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