Communication Authority of the Maldives (CAM) has issued the first telecommunication infrastructure license in the Maldives to Housing Development Corporation (HDC).
The license was handed over HDC’s Managing Director Ahmed Athif by CAM’s Chief Executive Officer Ilyas Ahmed during a special ceremony on Tuesday.
The license will allow HDC to issue telecom infrastructure facilities to service providers. At present, HDC’s Open Network Access established at Hulhumale’ provides telecommunications services, internet, and television services through a single network to residents. Service providers utilizing the single network include Dhiraagu, Ooredoo Maldives, Medianet and Raajje Online (ROL).
CAM said that the license was issued to HDC as its Open Access Network is well received by service providers, whereas quality services are provided to residents through the network.
They also noted HDC’s success in expanding the Open Network Access to Hulhumale’ Phase II, and the provision of Fiber To The Home (FTTH) connections. It has been over a year since the network has been placed in Hulhumale’ Phase II.
HDC said its Open Network Access will allow service providers can solely focus on providing more enhanced services and more variety of services to their customers – as the infrastructure and management are undertaken by HDC. Furthermore, the overall cost of service provision will be reduced for service providers as the infrastructure is shared among many service providers, rather than the total investment on infrastructure being completely absorbed by the respective service provider itself to provide its services.