UAE’s Du considers plan for Saudi MVNO licence

14 May 2012

United Arab Emirates-based mobile operator Du is reportedly considering plans to bid for a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licence in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, in what would be its first foray into international waters. The National newspaper quotes DU chief executive Osman Sultan as confirming the cellco’s intentions to look for new opportunities overseas, possibly in Saudi Arabia, as it battles with rival Etisalat in an increasingly saturated local mobile market. The Kingdom is planning to auction off three MVNO concessions later this year. Du is also keen to explore other MVNO options in other markets the CEO confirmed, although no decisions have been taken as yet.