Omantel launches first Ericsson Zero Site in Oman

Operator makes move to bulk up capacity, contend with subscriber demand

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Omantel launches first Ericsson Zero Site in Oman Omantel’s Ericsson Zero Site solution is said to be the first such zero-footprint site launched in the sultanate.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 13, 2015

Oman provider Omantel has announced the launch of an Ericsson Zero Site solution, said to be the first such zero-footprint site launched in the sultanate.

"In support of Omantel to meet continuously growing network coverage and capacity demands, Ericsson recommended Zero Site, a solution that has zero footprint, to avoid complex site acquisition," Ericsson said in a statement.

Ericsson claimed Omantel saw an "up to 120% increase in 3G and LTE data traffic over last year's traffic" in the south of the country, during Oman's Khareef season in 2015.

"The solution makes bulk site acquisition possible in cities and also supports mass deployment," Ericsson said in a statement. "The concept in this case is to integrate a small-cell solution with billboards to provide optimal urban coverage with minimal visual impact. Zero Site is a smart and compact solution suited to hot-spot deployments, that improves revenues by meeting user demands on network coverage and data, with reduced operational costs."

"To stay ahead in the telecom market, we have to continuously enhance our infrastructure with innovative and pioneering technologies that will increase our network capabilities and reduce costs," said Eng. Said Abdullah al Ajmi, vice president, Omantel Integrated Networks Unit. "Our partnership with Ericsson has allowed us to boost our network and that supported our strategy and goals of catering to the ever-increasing requirements of our customer base."

"As the Networked Society takes shape, Ericsson strives to innovate pioneering technology and design that will cater to the ever-evolving needs of the consumer," said Dr. Abdullah Al Balushi, country manager, Oman, Ericsson. "Urban areas are particularly challenging for the operator as the number of connected devices increases with a lack of space for network expansion. Ericsson believes those demands can be met with its innovative Zero Site solutions."

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