Nawras starts new phase of network upgrade

Upgrade will increase mobile broadband speeds and improve coverage

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Nawras starts new phase of network upgrade Ross Cormack, CEO, Nawras.
By  Roger Field Published  June 27, 2013

Omani telecom operator, Nawras, is beginning the second phase of its countrywide "Network Turbocharging programme" with work starting in Quriyat.

The upgrade will bring "superfast broadband" Internet speeds and wider network coverage including better indoor reach, the telco said.

"In September, the programme will continue extending along the Batinah coast from Al Suwaiq towards Shinas as Nawras continues to future proof its network from end to end. During the same period, customers located in Fahud will also start to benefit from the second stage of turbocharging," Nawras said in a statement.

All Nawras sites within the city of Salalah are currently being upgraded as capacity is doubled along with the speed of the 3G network.

In addition, LTE technology is being deployed within the city of Salalah to support residents and visitors attending the annual Salalah Tourism Festival in August. A "Turbocharging" programme for the entire Dhofar Governorate is also an important part of the planned network upgrades to be completed by the end of next year, the operator added.

"We have already delivered a huge difference in the broadband Internet experience of our customers living and working in the area covered by the first phase of Network Turbocharging," said Ross Cormack, CEO, Nawras.

Nawras has already invested around OR60m in the first phase of Network Turbocharging. This included upgrading the core network, building many new base stations and adding 3G+ technology to every existing 2G site from Al Bustan to beyond Al Musannah. A second data carrier was added to more than double capacity and speeds.

The operator recently activated a third 3G data carrier on 900 MHz, giving improved broadband Internet experience with enhanced indoor coverage to customers in the first phase of the Network Turbocharging programme.

Nawras now covers over 95% of the population in Muscat Governorate with superfast 3G+. In addition, the latest 4G technology is now available with contiguous coverage in the most densely populated areas of Muscat, the telco said.

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