Wataniya Telecom Maldives

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Wataniya Maldives
Type Private
Industry Telecommunications
Founded February, 2005 - a sister company of Wataniya Telecom International
Headquarters Malé, Maldives (head office)
Key people Abraham Smith (CEO)
Products GSM, 3G & 4G LTE
Revenue N/A
Employees 200+ full time
Website www.wataniya.mv

Wataniya Telecom Maldives (also referred to as Wataniya Maldives), a sister company of Wataniya Telecom International, is the second mobile operator in the Maldives. The firm was issued a licence as the new mobile phone operator in February 2005. Wataniya Maldives was selected after a bidding process with three other companies. All the bidders proposed competitive tariffs, but Wataniya Maldives was investing heavily to deliver new services in the fastest possible time thus succeeded the competition. Currently they are providing GSM services throughout Maldives, with other value-added services. Wataniya Telecom Maldives, is also the first to launch a 3.5G HSDPA network in the Maldives, on April 17, 2008, offering video calls and high speed mobile data connectivity.

Registered as a service provider in 1999, Wataniya Telecom International is already a leading mobile phone operator in the Middle East and North Africa. It is proven that Wataniya Telecom is currently serving a total of more than three million customers in Kuwait, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Saudi Arabia respectively.

Wataniya Maldives is the sole competitor of Dhiraagu, the very first Maldivian telecommunications company. Dhiraagu dominated the market for a period of 17 years, being the only operator for that period.

Service Launch[edit]

Their service was officially launched on August 1, 2005. Shortly after launching the service, on August 5, 2005, they organised WOW! - a music show - in Malé. The aim of this show was to promote and publicize the company. This event was widely advertised on local TV and in the capital city. The show was presented by MTV India VJ Nikhil.[citation needed]

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