Nawras bags fixed line licence

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has awarded the second fixed line telecommunication licence to the Nawras consortium, on the condition that the consortium honours all obligations specified in the information memorandum

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has awarded the second fixed line telecommunication licence to the Nawras consortium, on the condition that the consortium honours all obligations specified in the information memorandum.

In fact, TRA had announced PCCW-Awaser Oman as the winner of the second licence in October last week.

However, with the failure on the part of the Hong Kong based company to comply with regulatory requirements within 15 days, TRA selected the second preferred bidder, Nawras. We thank the TRA for its professionalism and transparency in the process of granting this fixed licence. Nawras is honoured to have this great opportunity to provide a wide range of innovative services for the people of Oman, which will be carefully designed to meet the requirements of the various market segments," says Nawras chairman H E Sheikh Salim al Ma'ashani.

TRA's decision is expected to end a three-decade long monopoly of majority state-owned Omantel and is expected to bring in more efficiency, as it happened in the mobile segment.

According to official statistics, the fixed line subscribers in the country edged up by 0.4 per cent to 264,941 by end-July 2008 from 261,207 for the same period last year. However, the mobile customers soared by 16 per cent to the 2.9mn-mark from 2.5mn during the period.

Nawras plans to build the latest generation fibre optic backbone and WiMAX wireless access networks across Oman to deliver broadband telecommunications and Internet access. Nawras will build a new international gateway to provide both international voice and Internet access choice for all customers in Oman."

Nawras bags fixed line licence
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