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Injaz Telecom signs MVNO deal with Nawras

Injaz set to become Oman's fifth MVNO in an increasingly crowded mobile market

With a population of less than 2.8 million people and a mobile penetration rate of about 118%, Oman's mobile sector is looking increasingly crowded.
With a population of less than 2.8 million people and a mobile penetration rate of about 118%, Oman's mobile sector is looking increasingly crowded.

Injaz International Telecommunications has become Oman's fifth mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) after signing a reseller agreement with Nawras.

The announcement comes less than a month after Nawras was fined OR100,000 (US$260,000) by Oman's TRA  after Injaz complained that Nawras had refused to conclude an agreement to provide resale services.

Injaz Telecom is an Oman owned company and part of Injaz International Projects, led by Sheikh Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al Harthy. The new operator will work closely with its sister company Al Makhah, the largest distribution channel of SIM and scratch cards in Oman.

But questions remain about the viability of yet more players in a country that has a population of just under 2.8 million people and a mobile penetration rate of about 118%.

Friendi Mobile became the first MVNO to launch in the Middle East in April 2009 after it signed an agreement to use the network of incumbent operator Oman Mobile. The following month Majan Telecom launched an MVNO under the Renna brand, also on Oman Mobile's network.

Nawras signed its first MVNO deal with Mazoon, which started services in October 2009. Another MVNO, Samatel, is due to start operating in the first quarter of the year on Nawras' network.