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The agree­ment, ac­cord­ing to the TRA, “Will cre­ate a level play­ing field to pro­mote ef­fec­tive com­pe­ti­tion in the tele­com sec­tor. It is ex­pected to as­sist tele­com play­ers to pro­vide a va­ri­ety of mod­ern ser­vices to res­i­dents at af­ford­able prices.”

This will be put in place af­ter the TRA con­ducts a re­view process with in­dus­try lead­ers to ap­prove Ref­er­ence Ac­cess and In­ter­con­nec­tion Of­fers (RAIOs). Ser­vice providers will be given two months’ time to rene­go­ti­ate whole­sale agree­ments, in ac­cor­dance with th­ese of­fers.

The spokesper­son added, “Un­der the RAIOs, many new whole­sale ser­vices will be avail­able to com­pet­ing li­censees, in­clud­ing lo­cal loop un­bundling, bit­stream, ac­cess to land­ing sta­tion, ac­cess to earth sta­tion and car­rier se­lec­tion.”

This is a fol­low-up from the TRA’s pre­vi­ous rul­ing, which was is­sued on 31 De­cem­ber, 2017 and di­rected both Oman­tel and Oore­doo to re­vise their RAIOs in ac­cor­dance with amend­ments is­sued by the author­ity.

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