Oman to issue internet and audiotext licences

Oman's telecoms regulator plans to issue Class II licences for the provision of internet and audiotext services in the sultanate, it announced last week.

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By  Administrator Published  May 10, 2007

Oman's telecoms regulator plans to issue Class II licences for the provision of internet and audiotext services in the sultanate, it announced last week.

In a statement placed on the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) web site, it said it would start receiving applications for Class II licences from June 2.

TRA representative Colonel Al Hafeedh told local media he anticipated a "vast" interest in the licences.

"From time to time, we have been approached by many prospective licensees who wished to have Class II licences for provision of internet and audiotext services. Some of them are already operating in the Omani market, but under the umbrella of Omantel. Some of them may seek to have their own licences in future, and deal with Omantel on the terms and conditions of the access arrangement," he was reported as saying.

Class II licences are designed to allow smaller ISPs or audiotext providers to enter the market. The move marks another advance in the opening up of the Omani telecoms market to competition.

Oman introduced a second mobile operator, Nawras, in 2004, and is understood to be in the process of licensing a second fixed-line operator.

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