Saudi Arabian operator Mobily has hired Xius, an Indian MVNE (mobile virtual network enabler) to prepare its network to host an MVNO.
Saudi Arabia’s ministry of telecommunications is set to award three MVNO licences this year.
Xius, which is an operating brand of Megasoft Limited Hyderabad, will provide the network infrastructure, managed services and back-office services needed to launch an MVNO on Mobily’s network.
GV Kumar, CEO, Xius, said that Xius’ platform will provide Mobily and the MVNO it hosts with network components, OSS/BSS, and VAS solutions.
Dr. Eyas Al-Hajery, senior executive VP for wholesale and carrier services, Mobily, said that the telco had selected Xius after an “exhaustive” selection process. “The platform will enable Mobily to provide carrier class comprehensive MNO/MVNE services to potential MVNOs,” he said.
Saudi Arabia will be the third country in the Middle East to licence MVNOs after Oman and Jordan.
Oman became the first country in the Middle East to grant licences for MVNOs in 2008, and its MVNO market is now dominated by Friendi Mobile, Renna Mobile, and Samatel. Friendi Mobile is also the sole MVNO in Jordan.