The Saudi telcos Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Etihad Atheeb Telecom (GO Telecom) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to extend their cooperation in the area of integration of services. According to a report from Trade Arabia News Service, GO will provide Mobily with voice services and fixed lines, allowing Mobily to provide converged residential and business voice and data services in one package via its fibre-optic network. In turn, Mobily will allow GO to use its infrastructure in providing voice and data services via the Saudi National Fibre Network (SNFN) across all major cities and governorates in the Kingdom and neighbouring countries, which will help GO to increase its access to residential and corporate customers.
Separately, another Saudi telco, wireless operator Zain Saudi, says it is launching its first services under a group-wide cooperation agreement with UK-based mobile operator Vodafone. Zain Saudi’s business sector joins Vodafone Global Enterprise (VGE), a provider of business services serving over 1,400 multinational companies around the world. While serving as a single point of contact, VGE offers its customers communication solutions, communications expenditure tracking and procurement services. Zain says the move will enhance both its own and Vodafone’s ability to meet growing demand among multinational businesses based in the Saudi Arabian market, whose accounts are managed by Vodafone in international markets.