Omantel to deploy LTE network

Oman's incumbent operator to deploy LTE network and outsource management of RAN
Omantel has announced plans to build Oman's first LTE network.
Omantel has announced plans to build Oman's first LTE network.

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Omantel, Oman's incumbent operator, has selected Ericsson to build its LTE network and manage its Radio Access Network (RAN).

Through the deployment of LTE, Omantel will provide its customers with an enhanced mobile-broadband service with speeds well in excess of its current 3G services.

Samy Ahmed Abdulqadir Al Ghassany, COO Omantel, said: “Ericsson’s track record in LTE makes the perfect foundation to support us in providing the service. We are positive that, through this collaboration, we will be able to provide our customers with the best end-user experience.”

The agreement marks the beginning of a new managed services partnership between the two companies, in which Ericsson provided Omantel its assurance of operational efficiency and improved network quality.

Omantel, which operates fixed-line and mobile services, has some 2.7 million subscribers. It competes with Nawras, a division of Qatar's Qtel Group. Nawras's CEO, Ross Cormack, said earlier in the year that Nawras had started testing LTE technology.

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