Nawras plans $390 million fixed line investment

Operator offers pre-registration for fixed services as CEO reveals plans for major investment.

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Nawras plans $390 million fixed line investment Nawras is planning to invest heavily in fixed infrastructure to compete with rival Omantel.
By Staff Writer Published  May 4, 2010

Ross Cormack, CEO of Nawras, Oman's second operator, said the company plans to invest 150 million Omani rials ($390 million) in the next two years to expand fixed line services as it seeks to take a slice of the country's fixed voice and data networks from incumbent Omantel.

Cormack said the investment would be made in "infrastructure as well as investment in manpower resources for our planned fixed telephone services", according to Reuters.

Nawras, which won Oman's second fixed licence back in November 2008, started a pre-registration campaign yesterday to encourage people to sign up for Nawras' fixed home broadband services, which are expected to launch by the middle of the year.

The company encouraged people to pre-register by offering prizes including broadband modems and Nawras service vouchers.

Nawras' fixed service network, which is being deployed using a combination of WiMAX and fibre, is expected to cover more than 50% of families by June 2010, and 80% of families by mid-2011, the company said.  At present, only 10% of households in Oman subscribe to a fixed broadband service, according to Cormack.

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