Nawras' fixed network covers 80% of households

Omani operator covers 80% of households with fixed-broadband ahead of schedule

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Nawras' fixed network covers 80% of households Nawras, Oman's second telecom operator now covers 80% of Oman's households.
By  Roger Field Published  August 23, 2011

Nawras, Oman’s second telecom operator, now covers 80% of Oman’s households with its fixed broadband network, the company’s CEO, Ross Cormack, confirmed to CommsMEA.

“We have continued to build in all areas. We have reached over 80% of household coverage with our home broadband service, which for most of those households is the first time they have ever had the opportunity of getting broadband,” Cormack said.

Nawras launched fixed-line services in mid-2010 using a combination of fibre and WiMAX technology.

Cormack added that Nawras was also continuing to deploy its fibre backbone, which now covers some 5000km.

The company is in the “last stages” of preparing its connection to the Tata Global Network (TGN) cable to go live in the fourth quarter of the year.

The connection will be used to route traffic from Nawras customers in Oman to Mumbai, India and onwards to the rest of the world, via the Tata Global Network.

Nawras earlier said that it was planning to invest a total of $363m in its mobile and fixed-line infrastructure in 2010 and 2011.

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