Kuwait licenses its first MVNO

Kuwait licenses its first MVNO

Operator STC Kuwait and a Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa-led consortium have received an MVNO license from Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA). This makes Virgin Mobile Kuwait, as the service will be known, the country’s first MVNO.

According to local press reports, the approval for the launch of Virgin Mobile Kuwait was announced during a press conference attended by senior government and industry figures.

Virgin Mobile Kuwait will operate using STC's network, with STC acting as a host facilities-based provider (FBP). The new operator will be the first virtual telecom service provider in Kuwait.

By combining Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa’s (VMMEA) role as the region’s leading MVNO and digital innovator, and the strong infrastructure of STC's network, the two companies say they aim to provide an unparalleled customer experience within this market, transforming the user and on-demand experience for prepaid mobile users through a range of digital solutions.

Virgin Mobile Kuwait aims to launch its innovative app-based platform with proven technology derived from VMMEA’s digital operator platform, mainly targeting the local youth population. The online prepaid plan services will allow digital subscribers to take full control of their monthly bills and add-ons, says VMMEA. 

Currently operating in Saudi Arabia and Oman and providing advisory services to Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) in the UAE, VMMEA has been catering to a growing number of mobile users since 2007, serving more than three million customers across the region.