Third ISP licence awarded to Ooredoo; mobile broadband subs near 200,000

18 Aug 2015

The Communications Authority of Maldives (CAM) has reported that fixed broadband subscribers stood at 21,520 at the end of June 2015, up from 19,993 twelve months earlier. Mobile telephony customers in the Maldives grew 7.9% from 651,461 to 703,246 over the same period, with pre-paid users accounting for the majority (88.3%, or 621,302) of wireless users at mid-2015. Mobile broadband customers reached 196,204 at that date, up 43.4% from 136,777 a year earlier. According to the regulator, the number of fixed telephony lines in service (including payphones) fell from 23,202 at mid-2014 to 22,233 a year later.

In other news, the CAM says it has awarded the country’s third internet service provider (ISP) licence to mobile network operator Ooredoo Maldives. The Qatari-owned company will join two other ISPs in the fixed broadband market, Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu) and Focus Infocom (Raajje Online). The latter received its ISP licence in May 2003, ending Dhiraagu’s monopoly in the sector when it launched services the following November. The CAM invited interested parties to apply for the third ISP licence at the end of April 2015.