Vodafone Group has inked a strategic collaboration agreement with Oman Future Telecommunications to roll out mobile network services in the Sultanate of Oman.
The pair have contracted a non-equity agreement that will see them launch a brand-new mobile network, offering 4G and 5G services. The network buildout will be completed by the second half of 2020, with services going live shortly after.
The Regional Executive and Programme Director of Vodafone, Jacek Passia, said, “We are going to bring the best of Vodafone’s innovation, services and expertise to Oman. We will build Vodafone Oman to provide the best possible customer experience. The launch of Vodafone Oman will be delivered by a joint team of Vodafone and local Omani personnel, as upskilling of the Omani workforce is a key focus of our partnership.”
Vodafone already collaborates with Du in the UAE and Vodafone Qatar (a now separate entity from Vodafone Group) in the region, as it looks to boost its presence in the Middle East and Africa.
The Managing Director of Itqan Tech Development, part of the OFT consortium, Farah Al Busaidi, concluded, “We are delighted to start our strategic partnership with Vodafone, as part of our digital transformation journey in Oman. Undoubtedly, the launch of the Vodafone brand in Oman will be the most significant event in the telecoms market over recent years. The implementation of the company’s unique global technological and marketing expertise in Oman will have a positive impact for consumers, businesses and the economy. I am excited to be working with a global leader in telecommunications, and leveraging their experience and expertise.”