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.