Vodafone Oman, which is owned by Oman Future Telecommunications (OFT), has marked the official launch of commercial mobile operations in the Sultanate, making it the country’s third mobile network operator alongside Omantel and Ooredoo. Times of Oman quotes Bader Zidi, CEO of Vodafone Oman, as saying at the launch ceremony: ‘Today, we mark the official opening of a new chapter in the history of the country’s digital mobile communications. We officially inaugurate the launch of one of the biggest brands in the world right here in Oman, which will mark a revolution in the technology sector. We will do things differently and digitally from the start and, we are exactly that different and we are truly digital.’ The firm began providing services to consumers in December last year, stating that its 5G network covered Muscat, with ‘ultrafast network coverage all over the Sultanate of Oman’. The shareholders of OFT represent Omani institutions such as government pensions and investment funds, as well as private investors.
TeleGeography’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).