Omantel signs interconnection agreement with du

The exchange of voice traffic will be over the Falcon fibre optic submarine cable system, a high-capacity loop cable system that has been installed to provide multiple connections throughout the Gulf region.

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By  Christopher Reynolds Published  January 23, 2007

Omantel and du have signed an interconnection agreement to allow the two operators to access respective networks as well as exchange international traffic. The signed agreement includes voice interconnection, international data services and access to submarine cable systems located in Oman. The exchange of voice traffic will be over the Falcon fibre optic submarine cable system, a high-capacity loop cable system that has been installed to provide multiple connections throughout the Gulf region. “Our partnership with Omantel is an important element in du’s plan to extend its presence in the region, an objective that figures prominently in our commitment to be a national and regional telecoms player,” said du CEO Osman Sultan. The FALCON cable system is owned and operated by Flag Telecom, and will allow du to offer international calls and broadband connectivity without having to utilise the infrastructure of incumbent Etisalat. The network incorporates the Gulf region’s first self-healing submarine network ring, providing all connected countries with reliable, high quality connectivity. Following trials in Oman that started in April 2005, and a pact between Omantel and Flag, Muscat became the hub city for Falcon. Du has made a multi-million investment in the cable system, and joins other operators in Bahrain, Egypt, India, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Qatar and Sudan as landing parties and customers.

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