Vodafone Oman becomes Sultanate’s third mobile network operator

5 Jan 2022

Vodafone Oman, which is owned by Oman Future Telecommunications (OFT), has launched commercial mobile operations in the Sultanate, making it the country’s third mobile network operator (MNO) alongside Omantel and Ooredoo. The firm says it has 5G network coverage across Muscat and ‘ultrafast network coverage all over the Sultanate of Oman’. Its tariff launch offer includes a post-paid plan with 77GB of data, 777 voice minutes and 777 SMS per month for OMR9 (USD23.3) per month. The shareholders of OFT represent Omani institutions such as government pensions and investment funds, as well as private investors.

TeleGeogography’s GlobalComms Database states that in September 2019 Vodafone Group confirmed the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with the OFT consortium, as part of the UK-based operator’s Partner Markets programme. Under the 15-year non-equity agreement, the pair will work together to roll out a new mobile network and develop a number of new services using the Vodafone brand in Oman. In January last year OFT was formally awarded its Class I licence to establish and operate public mobile networks and services, while the following September Ericsson signed an agreement with OFT to deploy, operate and maintain its new 4G and 5G core and greenfield radio access network (RAN).