Saudi Arabia’s CITC Announces Bid for 2 MVNO Licenses

CITC Announces Bid for 2 MVNO Licenses

Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announced a bid to allow new mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to provide services in Saudi Arabia.

CITC continues to develop the telecom market in the Kingdom. This is by encouraging the provisioning of MVNO services and making amendments and improvements to its regulations.

The Commission prepared a Request for Applications document for Licensing of MVNO Services in Saudi Arabia to issue two licenses.

Since 2014, mobile telecommunications services in the Kingdom are offered by Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily) and Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) Saudi Arabia (Zain).

Two other operator services got a license in 2014. This includes Virgin Mobile Saudi consortium (Virgin) and Etihad Jawraa for Telecom and Information Technology Company (Lebara).

Telecommunications and information technology services

The Commission has the authorization to encourage reliance on market forces. This is also to provide telecommunications and information technology services. Adding to encourage investment in its services, equipment, and provide them at affordable prices and high quality in all regions.

CITC governor Mohammed al-Tamimi revealed that offering the two licenses should boost investment opportunities in the sector, support entrepreneurship, and enhance the content industry.

Tamimi emphasized that the Saudi telecommunications and information technology sector is vital and keeps pace with the developments of the industry.

He also stressed that this step comes in line with the Commission’s approach to enhance the investment environment for the telecommunications services market in the Kingdom.

CITC’s licensing conditions

CITC announced the licensing conditions and process. It also called on interested parties to obtain their request for application (RFA)

Potential applicants may submit any questions they have concerning the RFA by no later than using the communication protocol. The Commission will also publish the answers on its website.

Applications may be submitted under the procedure stated at any time prior to May 10, 2020, 3.00 PM Riyadh time.

MVNO also means a Licensed Service Provider that resells wholesale mobile network services. The Host FBP leased or purchased to provide retail services to the MVNOs subscribers without spectrum assignment or radio access network.