Omantel to connect Khazzan Gas Field with telecom network

Partnership with BP Oman to deliver network to cover 2,800 square km gas field

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Omantel to connect Khazzan Gas Field with telecom network Omantel will provide a telecoms network to cover 2,800km2 of the Khazzan Gas Field.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 3, 2016

Omantel is set to provide a comprehensive telecommunications network for BP Oman, to connect 2,800 square kilometres of the Khazzan Gas Project.

The pair have formed a strategic partnership to deliver voice, broadband and other services to the Khazzan gas field, which is located between the Ad Dhahirah and Ad Dakhiliya Governorates.

Once operational, the network will be delivering the highest quality of fixed and mobile voice and high speed broadband solutions (LTE and GPON) for BP Oman and its contractors on site. During the project startup phase, telecommunication services will be initially supplied through a series of microwave links due to its high flexibly in providing connectivity without getting impacted by the massive project work on ground. This setup will then transition to a permanently installed fibre optic network in a self-healing rings topology, with the microwave links retained as a system backup.

Ahmed Mohammed Al Nasri, general manager of Sales at Omantel Business said: "Our partnership with BP highlights Omantel's deep experience in meeting the needs of clients in the oil and gas sector, who are often located in very remote regions of Oman. Deploying our technical experience and expertise on this project means that BP Oman will be able to conduct instantaneous well monitoring, while onsite staff will be reliably connected with high quality mobile and fixed solutions, and internet broadband.

"The Khazzan field covers some 2,800 square kilometres, which is a land area larger than an island like Zanzibar, so the geographic reach of this project is very extensive. The Omantel Business team has been working closely with BP Oman to map out the communications solution needed to meet their exacting technical requirements as the Khazzan project takes shape. This partnership underlines our unique abilities to tackle projects of a challenging nature, enabling our customers to remain connected locally and globally by providing the best-in-class communication services," he added.

Saif Al Sawafi, Regional IT&S Integration Manager at BP Oman noted: "Geographically, Oman has a challenging terrain, which often makes it difficult for our teams who operate in remote areas to stay connected and communicate within the Sultanate, or indeed with our colleagues around the world. Omantel has a unique and unrivalled experience in designing and operating communications networks in remote areas and we are confident that the Khazzan Project will benefit immensely from this new partnership."

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