Ooredoo Maldives has announced the commercial launch of fixed telephony and broadband services, less than a year after being awarded the country’s third ISP licence in August 2015. The ‘SuperNet’ fibre-optic internet packages are available to both residential and business customers and range in price from MVR599 (USD39.5) per month for a downstream connection of up to 2Mbps and ‘unlimited data’ to MVR2,049 per month for maximum download speeds of 100Mbps and an allowance of 500GB. Business customers are also able to subscribe to data rates of up to 1Gbps on request. Customers of the SuperNet tariffs will also be given a fixed telephony line with no monthly fee for a period of twelve months.
Qatari-owned Ooredoo, which launched as the Maldives’ second mobile operator in August 2005, joins two other players in the fixed broadband market, namely incumbent telecoms company Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun (Dhiraagu) and Focus Infocom (Raajje Online). According to the Communications Authority of Maldives (CAM), the island nation was home to 23,803 fixed broadband customers at the end of March 2016 (representing a household penetration rate of around 42%), up from 21,209 a year earlier.