Saudi Arabia has no plans to license any more mobile networks in the country, but will permit the launch of MVNO based services from next year.
Communications and Information Technology Minister Muhammad Jameel Mulla announced the plans for MVNOs at a press conference. Mulla also underscored the efforts made by the Ministry to improve communications services during the Haj season in order to meet the growing requirements of the millions of pilgrims who visit the country.
He also refuted complaints that the mobile networks were struggling financially in the country due to competition. He said the license value paid by the three mobile phone companies was almost similar and there is no point in blaming either the ministry or the Communications and Information Technology Commission on it.
Whether the mobile networks will be forced to allow MVNOs onto their network was not however clarified.
Source: Cellular News