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Oman picks mobile shortlist

Oman’s telecoms regulator has picked a shortlist of ten bidders for its second mobile licence.

Oman’s telecoms regulator has picked a shortlist of ten bidders for its second mobile licence.

Candidates through to the next stage of the tender include European operators, Orange, Mobilkom Austria and Vodafone, the latter in a consortium with Dutch investment group, MSI.

Other international survivors from the original 28 applicants include Malaysia Telekom, South Africa’s MTN, and Turkish mobile market leader, Turkcell.

The regional groups still involved include Beirut-based Investcom; Kuwait’s MTC, which goes up against current partner, Vodafone; Batelco; and Qatar Telecom, which is bidding alongside TDC Mobile International from Denmark.

Both MTC and Orange have formed partnerships with local Omani firms for the licence, which is expected to be handed out at the beginning of May.

According to Oman’s Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA), the ten contestants will be asked to submit business plans and financial offers by March 27th.

The successful candidate will gain the opportunity to compete with incumbent operator, Omantel.

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