Friendi Mobile wins 3rd Oman mobile licence

Dubai-based firm will operate by renting space on existing networks.

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By  Saleh Al-Shaibany Published  June 25, 2008

Dubai-based Friendi Mobile has won a licence as a third mobile service provider in Oman, where it will operate by renting space on existing networks, a public relations firm said on Wednesday.

Friendi is to announce details on Saturday about launching services as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Momentum Public Relations said in a statement.

MVNOs provide mobile services without owning any frequency spectrum nor telecommunications infrastructure of their own.

Officials at Friendi and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority were not immediately available to comment.

Oman, a Gulf Arab state of 2.5 million people, has been liberalising its telecommunications sector. Oman Telecommunications Co. (Omantel) lost its mobile phone monopoly when Nawras, 70 percent owned by Qatar Telecom, started operations in March 2005.

Friendi, earlier called Moobility Telecom, has set up local operating companies and joint ventures in the Middle East and North Africa, according to its website. (Reuters)

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