Auckland firm helps complete two major telecoms deals in the Middle East

by Sol Dolor 30 Oct 2019

An Auckland-based firm has completed two major telecoms deals in Bahrain and Oman.

M Webb has advised a mobile operator in Bahrain in the legal separation of Batelco into two entities. It has also advised the Vodafone group in its entry into the Oman market.

“These two matters have been quite significant projects for the firm. We have been working for our client in Bahrain for a number of years and the legal separation of Batelco has been something we’ve been advising on for most of this time,” said Malcolm Webb, M Webb principal.

Batelco legally separated into two entities, each covering broadband infrastructure and retail operations. Sheikh Abdulla bin Khalifa al Khalifa, Batelco chairman, said that the separation included the restructuring of the entities’ executive teams and the separation of systems and human resources, Arabian Business reported.

For the Oman deal, Vodafone entered into a new partnership with Oman Future Telecommunications to launch the Vodafone brand in the sultanate. Vodafone said that the development of the new network is ongoing and commercial launch is expected to be in the second half of next year.

“The entry of Vodafone Oman has been exciting to be involved with and will be great for stimulating Oman’s digital economy. It’s very satisfying to see both of these projects come to fruition,” Webb said.