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Nawras expands reach of 3G services

Spectrum re-farming and investment in radio tech strengthens 3G coverage

Nawras expands reach of 3G services
Cormack said the investment had made a noticeable difference to all 3G users in the upgraded areas.

Omani telecom operator Nawras has strengthened the indoor coverage and data speeds of its 3G network in areas from Al Bustan to Barka as part of the first phase of its 3G "Network Turbocharging" project.

Wolfgang Wemhoff, chief technology officer, Nawras, told CommsMEA that in this latest phase of the Turbocharging project, it had added new base stations and upgraded all existing sites with the latest radio technology from Huawei.

The new radio technology transmits 3G on 900MHz and 2100MHz. After redistributing its 900MHz 2G traffic, Nawras was able to free up spectrum for U900, which is effectively a new 3G carrier, Wemhoff explained.

"The 3G services on 900 MHz provide wider and deeper indoor coverage than the existing 2100 MHz 3G spectrum," he said.

Nawras has invested some OR60m in the first phase of the Network Turbocharging project, which has been in progress for about 10 months.

"We are very happy that we successfully introduced this new technology in the Sultanate for the first time, after extensive testing," Wemhoff said. "The new data carrier has expanded indoor coverage capacity in terms of quality and signal strength."

Ross Cormack, CEO, Nawras, added that the project had made "a noticeable difference" for all customers using 3G broadband services in the upgraded areas.

"We are extremely grateful to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority for making this development possible," he said.

The company will soon begin the second phase of the project.

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