Phone calls set to become cheaper
Making phone calls from your mobile will become much less expensive in the coming years, according to Oman’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA).
This comes after the TRA approved proposals from the country’s two main mobile network providers, Omantel and Ooredoo, for Reference Access and Interconnection Offers (RAIOs).
According to the proposals, call origination and call termination rates that mobile networks charge each other — a cost that is eventually borne by customers — will be drastically reduced.
“Prices of many wholesale services have been rationalised based on the cost models developed by the TRA, as well as models submitted by Omantel and Ooredoo,” said a TRA spokesperson.
“It may be worth mentioning that mobile call termination rates, which currently stand at 15 baisas/min, shall be reduced to four baisas/min in a phased manner over four years’ time. Similarly, the mobile call origination rate has been reduced from 16.6 baisas/min to 10.54 baisas/min,” the spokesman added.