Omani mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Mazoon Mobile has announced it has inked a deal with telecoms operator Nawras to launch mobile services over the latter’s wireless network. ‘This is a moment we have been keenly anticipating. We are very excited for this partnership with Nawras,’ said Jamil Ali Sultan, chairman of Mazoon Mobile, adding, ‘We are well equipped to deliver competitive services and provide more choices to customers.’ The reseller plans to launch services by the end of the year.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Oman’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced in July 2008 that it had awarded five-year Class II licences to five companies with the stipulation that they were to become MVNOs. The winners were Connect Arabia (bidding on behalf of pan-regional reseller FRiENDi Mobile), Injaz International, Kalam Telecommunications, Majan Telecom (Renna) and Mazoon Mobile. FRiENDi Mobile was first to market in April 2009, launching services over the network of Omantel and claiming to be the Middle East’s first MVNO. FRiENDi was closely followed by Majan Telecommunication, which launched commercial services under the Renna banner just a few weeks after its rival reseller. Meanwhile Halafoni, a joint venture between Connect Arabia and radio stations Hala FM and Hi FM, entered the fray in July 2009.