Nawras signs new EDGE network deal with Ericsson

The contract, which was issued following an international tender process, is a continuation of Ericsson’s partnership with Nawras to deliver advanced EDGE network infrastructure across Oman, allowing high-speed data access in remote locations.

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By  Christopher Reynolds Published  December 20, 2006

Oman’s second mobile operator, Nawras, has finalised a US$50 million three-year contract with Ericsson to roll out an extension to its mobile network infrastructure in Oman. The contract, which was issued following an international tender process, is a continuation of Ericsson’s partnership with Nawras to deliver advanced EDGE network infrastructure across Oman, allowing high-speed data access in remote locations. According to Nawras chief technical officer, Peter Rubeck, the new deal will enable Nawras to increase its coverage of the population from 85% to 96%, and will cover radio, core networks, site acquisition, planning, and civil works. “Nawras chose Ericsson for the company’s ability to continue building on the current top-notch network, employing the latest technology available anywhere in the world, to ensure that Nawras customers will carry on enjoying the most advanced and reliable service,” said Rubeck. Nawras CEO Ross Cormack also recently announced a master distribution agreement with Oman’s post office, which will see Nawras’ products being distributed through 94 post office branches throughout Oman, as well as a preferred provider agreement with the petroleum services industry body Opel. “Obviously it is a great gesture of trust that Opel has now written to all of its major companies, recommending Nawras as its preferred provider, and we have made an offer on that basis to all of their employees,” said Cormack. Since entering the Omani market in March 2005 Nawras has managed to capture 30% of the mobile market with over 500,000 prepaid subscribers, helping raise overall mobile penetration in Oman from 35% to 66% in the months since it first launched operations.

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