i2 eyes MVNO opportunity

Saudi Arabian mobile phone provider declares intention to become first company to operate MVNO services in the region.

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By  Michele Howe Published  September 30, 2007

Saudi Arabian mobile phone provider i2 has set its sights on becoming the first company in the region to operate Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) services.

The company announced today it is aiming to acquire the first MVNO licence and said it is currently in talks with several operators to offer MVNO services in the region.

"This move is in line with our business strategy to expand the value proposition of our services and be part of the pioneering developments in the Middle East's telecommunications industry," said Abdul Hameed Al Sunaid, CEO of i2.

Al Sunaid added that the company applauded the recent regulatory decision by Jordan's telecoms authority on the provisioning of MVNO services.

"The move by Jordan Telecom Regulatory Authority to introduce MVNO is a key step in boosting competition and decentralization of the mobile market in the region. We welcome this initiative and look forward to more such developments in the region," he said.

MVNOs are mobile service providers that do not own a telecommunications infrastructure but lease wireless capacity from operators that do.

The advantages of the arrangement for operators are lower overheads and customer service costs.

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