A consortium of Awaser Oman Company and Hong Kong-based PCCW International has been granted a first-class licence by the Oman government to set up and operate a system for public fixed telecommunications in Muscat governorate, according to media reports.
This followed a Royal Decree issued on Sunday, which said that a first-class licence has been issued to “Awaser Oman and Partners Company to set up and operate a system for public and fixed telecommunications in the Governorate of Muscat for a period of 25 years as per the formula attached to the decree.”
The decree took effect on Sunday.
The consortium formed by Awaser Oman and PCCW was shortlisted to bid for a licence for the installation, operation, maintenance and exploitation of a fixed public telecommunications system in Oman, according to Awaser Oman's website.
Awaser Oman is managed and advised by leading practitioners in the sultanate's telecommunications industry, while PCCW International is a wholly owned subsidiary of PCCW Limtied, a Hong Kong-based international telecom operator with significant interests in Middle East nations such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and UAE.
“A wealth of fixed-line telecommunication and wireless broadband experience earned by PCCW in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom would be transferred to the consortium’s Omani workforce if the licence bid were successful,” Awaser Oman said on its website.