stc and Virgin awarded MVNO license from CITRA, to launch Virgin Mobile Kuwait
stc and Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) have been given approval from CITRA for a MVNO license to launch Virgin Mobile Kuwait.
“Stemming from CITRA’s goal of promoting positive competition, we are glad to license the first MNVO to Virgin Mobile Kuwait,” said Salim Muthib Al-Ozainah, chairman and CEO of CITRA.
“We are also glad to see the entry of a reputable international investor such as Virgin International in bringing their digital expertise to the Kuwaiti market. This move will surely contribute greatly to the telecom sector in raising the quality of service and overall customer experience.”
Approval from the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) will make Virgin Mobile Kuwait, the first mobile virtual network operator in the country.
It was announced during a press conference attended by CITRA’s Al-Ozainah, as well as Dr Rana Al-Fares, the Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology; Maziad Alharbi, the CEO of stc Kuwait; and Benoit Janin, the CEO of Virgin Mobile Kuwait, to name a few.
“In line with our commitment to assist in the development of the Kuwaiti economy, we are proud to partner with a prominent global brand to engage in a new market layer within the local telecom sector,” added Alharbi.
“stc’s well-built network infrastructure will provide Virgin Mobile Kuwait with high quality advanced service to meet the diverse needs of its customers, specially focusing on the youth.”
Under the terms of the licence, Virgin Mobile Kuwait will operate using stc’s network, with stc acting as a Host Facilities Based Provider with Virgin Mobile Kuwait.
“We are very excited about launching Virgin Mobile in Kuwait. This forms part of our ongoing commitment to providing customers with innovative digital propositions, transforming the traditional mobile experience,” said Erik Dudman Nielsen, founder & chief executive officer of Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa.
“We have no doubt that Virgin Mobile will introduce a new era for mobile connectivity with customer-led services, enabling a seamless customer experience.”
In addition, the license awarded by CITRA is contingent on another agreement for the provision and resale of the services necessary to allow the reselling of services to end-users and operate as a business.