Nawras set to launch fixed services in H2 2010
Oman's Nawras set to launch fixed services using fibre optic cable and WiMAX in second half of the year.
Oman's second operator Nawras said it will start offering fixed-line services in the second half of 2010, using a combination of fibre optic cable and WiMAX.
Nawras, which will compete with incumbent operator Omantel, said it was laying about 10 km of cable a day and had already installed 1,500 km of cable, with the work continuing "ahead of schedule."
Nawras, which is owned by Qatari incumbent Qtel, said it will be able to offer fixed broadband services to more than 54% of Oman's population at launch and will increase the number to 81% by mid-2011.
"For the last five years we have reliably delivered services based on our high quality mobile network and now we will do the same with our fibre optic cable backbone and WiMAX technology powering our pleasingly different fixed services," said Peter Rubeck, chief technical officer, Nawras.
Nawras won Oman's second fixed-line licence in November 2008. The company became Oman's second mobile operator in 2005 and now has more than 1.8 million subscribers giving it a market share of about 50%.