By Parag Deulgaonkar
Zain Group, Saudi Telecom have also submitted bids
UAE’s Etisalat Group on Wednesday said it has submitted a bid for the third mobile telecom license in Oman.
The bid is in line with the company’s expansion strategy considering the market potential and similarities, footprint proximity to its core market and likely synergies, it said in a brief statement.
Kuwait’s Zain Group and Saudi Telecom Company have also submitted their bids.
Oman’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) will announce names of qualified bidders on August 14 by, with the winning applicant likely to be announced on September 4.
In November, the TRA called for companies to bid for new mobile telecom license, stating competition in the market will be of significant benefit to consumers and to the economy. It added that the availability of a range of additional radio spectrum that could be deployed is expected to provide a multitude of mobile telecom services, particularly mobile broadband, to the consumers in the Sultanate.
Oman Mobile and Ooredoo are the two telecom services provider in the country.
The country really needs a third operator to put up real competition in terms of quality services and rates, which two operators are failing to provide so far.
Experienced giants like Etisilat can make a good difference in Telco market
would be also nice if we could have a third mobile operator in uae as well.
Or at least "real competition" between the two existing players without any protection from the govt. I guess that is not required given the low percentage of nationals in the population vs a country like KSA or Oman
I am not sure if Etisalat and Du should be allowed to compete in other markets, when they prohibit competition on their home markets!!
They wish to provide cheaper efficient services to foreign markets but on the home front they are providers of rudimentary internet and telephone services at unrealistic high prices
Their call centers and customer service experience is abysmal and their monopoly is actually holding the UAE back in terms of technology.
In the 80's when ATT was broken up in the US, it opened up the internet market and lead to the internet boom and creation of Silicon valley ... that has still not and will not happen until this duopoly is broken up