Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the dominant fixed line and wireless operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has revealed that it would welcome resale partners on its mobile network. Telecoms regulator the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has already announced that it is planning to issue the country’s first three mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licences this year. According to a Reuters report, which cites Saad Al-Qahtani, STC group chief executive for strategic operations, the telco is keen to take on a partner operator on its cellular network. So far, Oman is the only Middle Eastern country to have allowed MVNOs in the cellular market.
Al-Qahtani also said that he expects mobile termination fees to be cut in the near future, with competition in the market having seen prices eroded to such a level that call margins have dropped to a point that is almost unsustainable. The executive said that STC and its competitors Mobily and Zain have been in negotiations with the CITC over the cut in fees.