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Internet tariff war looms in sultanate

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It was long overdue. Telecom operators and mobile resellers in the sultanate are finally getting ready to slug it out in making Internet more affordable to the masses. 

 A new wave of cheaper Internet packages are sweeping the sultanate as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) such as FriENDi and Renna prepare to launch cut-price products to compete with telcos Omantel and Nawras.

For instance, FriENDi is working on a new plan that will allow customers access the Internet for as little as RO9.9 per month, on top of a one-off RO29 starter kit including a plug-and-play modem and a month's usage.

Renna is also planning on joining the broadband fray, and the company is currently working on a monthly unlimited usage Internet package which it believes will be “not more than RO9.5,” according to Joakim Klingefijord, CEO.

Omantel also recently announced a range of tariffs including unlimited ADSL broadband usage for as low as RO20 per month.The latest developments in the sultanate's broadband Internet space will benefit consumers as it will ensure telcos focus on quality and value for money, according to Julie Amann, press manager, Nawras.

“Nawras always welcomes competition because competition and choice are good for customers. While we respect our competitors, our focus at Nawras remains firmly on our customers.”

Amann added that Omantel and Nawras – both mobile network operators (MNOs) that operate their own equipment which MVNOs then also use – will continue to develop and refine their Internet offerings as the MVNOs launch their new packages.

She added, “Nawras is offering a wide range of mobile and fixed broadband Internet options to suit different budgets and usage styles, all with clear and transparent pricing including the option of spend capping for those customers who like to have a consistent monthly Internet bill – a Nawras first. 

“Nawras was also first to introduce prepaid mobile broadband and pay-as-you-go broadband Internet as well as being first to offer same day, plug and play broadband Internet through WiMAX. We will continue to deliver Internet innovation with pricing that offers choice and clarity supported by our pleasingly different customer service.”

In a recent press statement, Klingefijord added that Renna's mobile product development team have been working on the Internet packages “that reflect customer lifestyle and business needs. 

“Our data prices will provide great value for staying connected whenever you want and we are looking to launch the best data package in Oman with unlimited usage over one month for not more than RO9.5.”

The sultanate's broadband sector had been earmarked as a growth market by Nawras chairman Sheikh Salim al Ma'ashani in his comments in the company's yearly results, explaining that, “There is a real opportunity for growth through mobile and fixed-line broadband as well as corporate and value-added services.”

It was long overdue. Telecom operators and mobile resellers in the sultanate are finally getting ready to slug it out in making Internet more affordable to the masses.

A new wave of cheaper Internet packages are sweeping the sultanate as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) such as FriENDi and Renna prepare to launch cut-price products to compete with telcos Omantel and Nawras.

For instance, FriENDi is working on a new plan that will allow customers access the Internet for as little as RO9.9 per month, on top of a one-off RO29 starter kit including a plug-and-play modem and a month's usage.

Renna is also planning on joining the broadband fray, and the company is currently working on a monthly unlimited usage Internet package which it believes will be “not more than RO9.5,” according to Joakim Klingefijord, CEO.

Omantel also recently announced a range of tariffs including unlimited ADSL broadband usage for as low as RO20 per month.The latest developments in the sultanate's broadband Internet space will benefit consumers as it will ensure telcos focus on quality and value for money, according to Julie Amann, press manager, Nawras.

“Nawras always welcomes competition because competition and choice are good for customers. While we respect our competitors, our focus at Nawras remains firmly on our customers.”Amann added that Omantel and Nawras – both mobile network operators (MNOs) that operate their own equipment which MVNOs then also use – will continue to develop and refine their Internet offerings as the MVNOs launch their new packages.

She added, “Nawras is offering a wide range of mobile and fixed broadband Internet options to suit different budgets and usage styles, all with clear and transparent pricing including the option of spend capping for those customers who like to have a consistent monthly Internet bill – a Nawras first.

 “Nawras was also first to introduce prepaid mobile broadband and pay-as-you-go broadband Internet as well as being first to offer same day, plug and play broadband Internet through WiMAX. We will continue to deliver Internet innovation with pricing that offers choice and clarity supported by our pleasingly different customer service.”

In a recent press statement, Klingefijord added that Renna's mobile product development team have been working on the Internet packages “that reflect customer lifestyle and business needs.

“Our data prices will provide great value for staying connected whenever you want and we are looking to launch the best data package in Oman with unlimited usage over one month for not more than RO9.5.”

The sultanate's broadband sector had been earmarked as a growth market by Nawras chairman Sheikh Salim al Ma'ashani in his comments in the company's yearly results, explaining that, “There is a real opportunity for growth through mobile and fixed-line broadband as well as corporate and value-added services.”

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