Wataniya Maldives has launched its W-CDMA/HSDPA network with an introductory offer of free video calls. Wataniya’s COO, Abraham Smith, said: ‘We are offering this service for free as a special 3G promotion so that everyone can enjoy the experience of video calls. We will very soon announce the commercial rates and tariffs along with our upcoming Wataniya Mobile Broadband, Wataniya Mobile Video Surveillance and Wataniya Mobile TV services’. Wataniya secured its mobile concession in 2004 but didn’t launch GSM services until 2005. By the end of 2007 the cellco claimed over 25% of the subscriber market.