Telecom operator Ooredoo has acquired additional LTE spectrum, at a cost of OR9.6 million ($24.9 million), which it says will significantly boost its 4G network capabilities in Oman.
The 800/2600 spectrum acquisition has been funded out of the company's operating cashflow and will bring better indoor coverage to customers as well as significantly faster download speeds for those wanting to access movies, games and music, it said in a statement.
As part of the acquisition, Ooredoo Oman said it has worked closely with the country's telecom regulator to design a solution to take its network into new locations, with a focus on providing coverage to more remote areas of the sultanate.
"These investments will deliver social benefit to all regions of Oman and Ooredoo is extremely proud of the way it has collaborated with the government in designing and delivering these services to more isolated communities," the statement said.
Greg Young, CEO of Ooredoo, said: "One of our aims is to provide innovative and best-in-industry technology and services to our customers. This new spectrum will significantly boost indoor 4G coverage and enable its cost effective and faster expansion outside of city areas.
"Our customers will be able to use 4G in many more areas and benefit from higher data speeds. With this, we will be providing a whole new online experience."
He added: "We have also driven the expansion of services into remote communities and played a leading role in expanding telecommunication services into rural areas. We look forwarding to continuing to change the telecommunication landscape in these regions."