Microsoft and i-mate team up with Oman operator

Oman's second mobile operator Nawras has forged a Mobile Office Alliance, enabling Microsoft applications to be used from a mobile handset

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By  Alex Ritman Published  October 16, 2005

Nawras, Oman’s second mobile operator, has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft and handset developer i-mate. The new Mobile Office Alliance’ will offer wireless business solutions to Nawras subscribers, enabling them to access Microsoft applications, irrespective of whether they are using a PC or mobile handset. The three partners will launch a mobile office trial in the Sultanate. For a limited time period, they will be offering free next generation handsets and free data services to chosen corporate customers. The alliance will then use feedback from the trial to determine how it will be commercially launched. Local Oman system integrators Bahwan IT, Imtac and OHI will work closely with Microsoft to introduce the new services. Microsoft’s manager in Oman, Sami Al Lawati says he is excited by the alliance with Nawras and i-mate. “We strongly believe that the timing is right to introduce mobile solutions enabling customer to access their Microsfot Outlook email and calendar wherever they are.” Business development director at Nawras, Ander Blauenfeldt says he believes the alliance will push Oman as a leading regional player for sophisticated wireless services used by corporate users as well as advanced residential customers. “This will support electronic communication in general, as well as e-government initiatives.”

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