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Ooredoo signed to provide NGN for Oman government

Operator will provide high speed fibre network to link ministries in Oman

The NGN will improve the efficiency of e-services offered by Oman government, says Dr Al Ruzaiqi.
The NGN will improve the efficiency of e-services offered by Oman government, says Dr Al Ruzaiqi.

The Information Technology Authority (ITA) of Oman has signed telecoms operator Ooredoo to deliver a Next Generation High Speed Network (NGN) for the Oman government.

Ooredoo will build and operate the network, which will provide gigabit speed connectivity and high capacity bandwidth for the government. The NGN is intended to support better online public services and to connect over 60 ministries on a single high performance platform for greater efficiency and data-sharing.

Dr. Salim bin Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of the Information Technology Authority (ITA), commented: "This agreement is a breakthrough in elevating and improving Oman's Government Network (OGN), in line with the e.oman strategy's aim to adapt to the rapid change in technology. Ensuring maximum speeds, enhanced security solutions, as well as cost effective integrated services will ultimately improve the government e-services provided to citizens."

Greg Young, CEO of Ooredoo, added: "Being chosen from a field of experienced and expert telecoms companies to build the backbone for Oman's e-government strategy is an honour and a testament to the drive and ambition of Ooredoo, as we establish ourselves as the Government of Oman's telecommunications partner of choice. The investment in this Next Generation High Speed Network is a clear demonstration of the country's innovative and forward looking ICT strategy, which supports current needs while preparing for the demands of the future. By facilitating more efficient interaction between local communities, businesses and the government, Ooredoo is looking forward to empowering people and transforming how Oman does business through technology."

Ooredoo ahas been working with the Oman government for 10 years, and this new five-year partnership will build on that, in line with the aims of the Sultanate's e-government strategy.

To date, Ooredoo has invested over RO 124 million in network modernisation and currently covers 99% of the Sultanate's population. In 2015 the company also witnessed the completion of its 5,500 kilometre independent nationwide fibre backbone, which has since enabled it to offer cost-efficient and high-speed services across the length and breadth of Oman.