M1 to acquire minority stake in Oman telco TeO

SINGAPORE - M1 is taking a minority stake in a telco in Oman.

The mainboard-listed company said its wholly-owned subsidiary M1 TeliNet has agreed to invest in Integrated Telecommunications Oman SAOC (TeO).

TeO is the Sultanate of Oman's first private international gateway operator and a mobile services reseller.

It offers its services under the operating brand Telecom Oman.

Under the deal, M1 Telinet has agreed to acquire 15 per cent interest in TeO on a fully diluted basis.

"M1 is a major telecommunication service provider in Singapore, offering high quality services in a competitive and sophisticated market. TeO intends to capitalise on M1's strengths and aspires to become a full service telecommunication provider in the Sultanate.

"M1 and TeO will together create new dynamism in the Omani market and provide innovative services and solutions to the increasingly sophisticated consumers in Oman," said Mr Suleiman Mohammed Al Yahya'ae, chairman of the board of TeO.

"Having M1 as a strategic shareholder reflects our ambition to build TeO into a leading full service telecommunication provider in the Sultanate. We are delighted to have M1 on board as we move to the next phase in our journey to evolve from a private telecommunications company to a successful listed company on Oman's capital market," added Mr Suleiman.

"This agreement marks the beginning of our relationship with TeO as we work together to achieve the common aspiration for TeO to become a leading full service telecommunication provider in Oman," said M1 chief executive Karen Kooi.