Omantel pumps up network with US$25 million investment

The network upgrade will see Omantel boost its metropolitan transfer rates to 10Mbit/s per second, as well as expanding into remote, rural, areas with high-speed fibre optic infrastructure.

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By  Christopher Reynolds Published  December 4, 2006

Omantel is set to invest RO10 million (US$25 million) in new network infrastructure, to support high growth levels in the Omani market. According to Omantel’s sales director, Marc de Marcillac, demand for the state-owned telco’s services has been growing at an unprecedented rate: “Our data circuit revenue is showing a 43% increase over the same period last year. In order to continue to demonstrate shareholder return, and to meet our statutory obligations of telecommunication service provision, we need to expand our network.” The network upgrade will see Omantel boost its metropolitan transfer rates to 10Mbit/s per second, as well as expanding into remote, rural, areas with high-speed fibre optic infrastructure. “We are expanding our transmission networks with a series of fibre optic rings all over the Sultanate, in the Muscat governorate, in the Al Batinah, Al Dhahirah and Al Dakhiliyah regions,” says de Marcillac. Omantel also stated it would establish local networks in Al Khuwair, Qurum and Sohar in order to meet customer demand. Omantel presided over a monopoly in the Omani telecommunications market until March 2005 when competition arrived in the form of mobile operator Nawras. The new service provider managed to snatch a 20% share of the Omani mobile market away from the incumbent within three months. Since then Omantel has separated its mobile and fixed operations and has been focusing on developing its data and Internet service, where it has experienced considerable growth. “We are expanding our ADSL broadband capacity by 30,000 lines over and above our existing 14,000 line infrastructure. To do this, we have signed contracts with European telecommunications suppliers Siemens and Alcatel worth over half a million rials,” comments de Marcillac.

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