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Ericsson and Huawei win Omantel contract for LTE

Ericsson and Huawei have been selected by Omantel's tender board to roll out LTE technology in the Sultanate

Omantel has chosen Huawei and Ericsson to roll out an LTE network in Oman.
Omantel has chosen Huawei and Ericsson to roll out an LTE network in Oman.

Ericsson and Huawei have been selected by Omantel's tender board to roll out TD-LTE technology in Oman.

Ericsson won with a bid of RO 13.937 million ($36.35m), and Huawei bid RO 11.357 million ($29.54m). Also competing for a share of the pie were Nokia Siemens Networks, ZTE and Alcatel-Lucent.

The vendor duo will design, supply, install, integrate, test and commission all the hardware and software that is linked to the rollout of TD-LTE. The technology is expected to promote the rapid and widespread uptake of mobile broadband services, while enhancing penetration rates across the country.

The number of LTE subscribers in the Middle East is projected to reach 7.49 million by 2015, up from 0.11 million as of end-2011.