OmanTel & Logica launch SMS service

Logica has signed a deal with OmanTel to provide a short messaging service (SMS) within Oman. Using Logica’s SMC solution, GSM subscribers in the Sultanate will now be able to send and receive e-mails via their mobile phones.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  May 14, 2002

Logica has signed a deal with OmanTel to provide a short messaging service (SMS) within Oman. Using Logica’s SMC solution, GSM subscribers in the Sultanate will now be able to send and receive e-mails via their mobile phones.

OmanTel says that the demand for SMS persuaded the company to deploy a text-messaging solution as it would allow mobile users greater accessibility and increased communication options.

“Text messaging is among the fastest-growing segments of the region’s telecommunications market, and we were determined to launch this service as well as an innovative e-mail component for GSM subscribers” explains Ghulam Bin Ibrahim Al-Balushi, general manager, Mobile Communications Unit, OmanTel.

“As OmanTel develops its infrastructure into a third-generation (3G) mobile network, services such as SMS and e-mail via text messaging will enable us to meet customer demand for new value-added offerings,” he adds.

Derek Kemp, Logica’s chief executive officer for the Middle East says: “our partnership with OmanTel has enabled Logica to introduce the joint SMS and e-mail services concept to the Middle East, and we are encouraged by the enthusiastic response that OmanTel’s new offerings have generated in the Sultanate.”

“In addition to critical new services for Oman’s GSM subscribers, the SMS solution also creates enhanced revenue opportunities for OmanTel,” he adds.

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