– Athaina: Licensing promotes competition in the sector and raises the level of service quality
Achievement leads to the creation of a new wholesale market and the provision of integrated digital services
Mazyed Al-Harbi: “stc” is committed to developing telecommunications and advancing economic growth
Kuwait Telecom Company “stc” and “Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa” (VMMEA) won the local license to operate the Virtual Mobile Communications Network (MVNO), the first of its kind in Kuwait, after they obtained the approval of the Public Authority for Communications and Information Technology (citra). For the launch of “Virgin Mobile Kuwait”.
The first virtual telecom operator in Kuwait was announced during a joint press conference, in the presence of the Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Rana Al-Faris, representatives of the Public Authority for Communications and Information Technology, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO of the Public Authority for Communications and Information Technology, Engineer Salem Al-Athaina, and the President Stc CEO, Eng. Mazyad Al-Harbi, and CEO of Virgin Kuwait, Benoit Janine.
“Stc” stated that through its partnership with “Virgin VMMEA”, the first “MVNO” operator will be launched in Kuwait, taking advantage of its widespread network.
Through this alliance, the two companies aim to combine Virgin Mobile’s role as a pioneer in MVNO and digital services at the regional level, with the strong and extensive infrastructure of the stc network, to enhance the mobile user experience and prepaid packages from Through a combination of digital solutions.
A new achievement
Al-Athaina said that the license provided by the Public Authority for Communications and Information Technology for the first virtual operator in Kuwait, by attracting the foreign investor represented by “Virgin International” on the “stc” network, is a new achievement for the authority that enhances competition in the local sector, and contributes to raising the level of service quality and establishing A new wholesale market, the first of its kind in Kuwait.
“This alliance, which was previously established under the leadership of (stc) and (Virgin) as a strategic partner, will contribute to providing a set of new integrated digital services to the Kuwaiti telecom market by providing services for the MVNO operator, in a way that serves the local telecommunications market, he added.
For his part, Al-Harbi said, “In line with our commitment to contribute to the development of telecommunications services, which reflects positively on the growth of the Kuwaiti economy, we are proud at stc to announce our partnership with a global brand in order to provide leading services in the local market.”
Focus on youth
Al-Harbi explained that the infrastructure of the “stc” network will allow Virgin Mobile Kuwait a high-quality service to meet the diverse needs of its target customers, with a special focus on the youth category, pointing out that this partnership is in line with the commitment to enable digital transformation in Kuwait, and to provide customers with solutions A leader in digital solutions.
On the other hand, the founder and CEO of Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa, Eric Dodman Nielsen, said, “We are extremely excited to launch (Virgin Mobile) in Kuwait, as this achievement reflects part of our ongoing commitment to providing customers with innovative digital services and transforming the mobile communication experience. “We have no doubt that (Virgin Mobile) will present a new era for mobile communications, allowing a seamless customer experience.”
A pivotal role for “citra”
Al-Harbi thanked the Public Authority for Communications and Information Technology (citra), stressing that had it not been for its continuous support and sustainable vision to advance the local telecommunications sector, this achievement would not have been achieved, as it plays a pivotal role in the development of the local telecommunications sector and the promotion of innovative services, in order to rise to the level of international standards.
He mentioned that this comes in addition to its role in supporting local companies in order to diversify their offerings, and take advantage of the distinct opportunities in the sector to serve the customer segment and their growing requirements.