Privately-owned Omani company Injaz International Telecommunications has signed a strategic partnership agreement with telecoms operator Nawras to launch mobile services over the latter’s wireless network in Oman. The company aims to provide the Omani market with innovative products and services supported by its sister company Al Makhah; the largest distribution channel of SIM cards in Oman. CEO at Injaz, Darren True, commented: ‘This is a great milestone for Injaz Telecom but merely a first step in realising our vision of offering the people of Oman greater choice and freedom for their telecoms needs.’ Meanwhile, Ross Cormack, CEO of Nawras thanked Injaz ‘for choosing the reliability and dependability of the Nawras network to provide its services.’ He added that the agreement will further the overall growth of choice for mobile services in Oman. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) awarded five five-year Class II licences to Connect Arabia (bidding on behalf of FRiENDi Mobile), Injaz International, Kalam Telecommunications, Majan Telecom and Mazoon Mobile, in July 2008, with the stipulation they become MVNOs. Shortly after the launch of FRiENDi in April 2009, Majan Telecommunication launched services under the brand Renna, followed by Halafoni, a joint venture between radio stations Hala FM and Hi FM, and Connect Arabia, the following July. Meanwhile, Mazoon Mobile inked a deal with Nawras to launch mobile services over its network in October 2009.