Omantel signs up Siemens for US$40 million contract

The Sultanate of Oman awards Siemens Mobile a contract worth over US$40.3 million to upgrade and expand its GSM network.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  October 29, 2003

The Sultanate of Oman has awarded Siemens Mobile a contract worth 15.5 million OMR (over US$40.3 million) to upgrade and expand Oman's GSM network.

Siemens Mobile is a part of the Siemens Information and Communication Group. The agreement between Siemens mobile and Omantel plans to deliver services to Omani residents in previously inaccessible regions, such as the remote Dakheliya and Sharquiya regions.

Post-upgrade both prepaid and postpaid GSM in Oman, can access GPRS and MMS services. The network upgrade is part of the redesign of the Omantel network, as it plans to migrate to UMTS, or Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service a third-generation (3G) broadband, packet-based transmission of text, digitized voice, video, and multimedia at data rates up to 2 megabits per second.

"Our main focus is to work together with our partner Omantel in order to bring this sector to the highest international standard. With our worldwide experience and expertise, we support our partner in the privatization process and its preparation for liberalization. The common vision aims to make Omantel a very profitable organization", says Soenke Peters, vice president and head of Siemens mobile networks, Middle East.

"We in Oman enjoy historical relations with Siemens dating 1860. More recently, we launched the first ever GSM service in the Sultanate of Oman by Siemens in 1996 to be followed in 2001 by the very successful deployment of Siemens Intelligent Solutions for prepaid services", says Mohammad Al Wohaibi, executive president of Omantel.

The German telecom company recently opened a testing and development center for its mobile solutions in the Knowledge Oasis in Muscat.

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