Friendi remains keen on expansion

MVNO hopes to launch operations in more than 10 countries in the Middle East - report
Friendi, Oman's first MVNO remains keen on expansion, despite political unrest in the region
Friendi, Oman's first MVNO remains keen on expansion, despite political unrest in the region


Friendi Mobile, an MVNO in Oman, plans to expand its operations in the Middle East, despite political unrest in some countries in the region.

"Our plan to expand in the Middle East market is on track despite the recent unrest," said Antti Arponen, CEO of Friendi Mobile Oman, according to a report in Oman's Muscat Daily newspaper.

The report added that Arponen was confident about the company's expansion despite the political unrest in Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen in recent months. "The need for people to communicate using good quality services at reasonable prices will not decrease, and therefore new service providers will be welcomed by people in the region," he said.

Arponen said that Friendi is working in more than 10 countries in the region to expand operations.

In February, Friendi launched 3G services in Oman using the network of incumbent operator, Omantel. The service was the first 3G package in Oman to offer prepaid internet services. Friendi competes with Omantel and Oman's second operator, Nawras, in offering 3G services in the country.

Friendi launched its operations in Jordan last June and in Saudi in January this year. Friendi Mobile became Oman's first MVNO to launch services in 2009.

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