Posted: December 31, 2012

Omantel, telecom services provider in the Sultanate of Oman, is proud to announce the launch of the second phase of its 4G LTE network.

Coverage has been extended to reach new areas in different parts of the Sultanate. The build-out of these new sites followed immediately the TRA approval to allocate the 1.8 GHz spectrum for 4G LTE use. The entire list of LTE Network deployments can be found here.

“Once again Omantel is the first operator in the country to introduce the FDD 1.8 GHz version of the 4G LTE network which comes in-line with Omantel strategy to offer our customers with the best mobile broadband experience. We are also delighted to announce today more areas have been added to the 4G LTE coverage list catering to the needs of people living in these cities. Omantel 4G LTE coverage will continuously grow to bring the world’s most advanced mobile broadband technology to our valued customers across the country”. Haitham Abdullah Al Kharusi, Vice President of Omantel Consumer Business Unit said.

“Following the successful launch of the network few months back, we have been closely monitoring the 4G LTE market trends and developments especially in the devices area and accordingly decided to use the 1.8 GHz spectrum for LTE FDD version which is compatible with the majority of the new 4G LTE smartphones, tablets & other devices”.

What Does This Bring to Customers:

Explaining the enhancements that Omantel made to its LTE 4G network, Saleem Abdullatiff General Manager of Marketing at Omantel Consumer Business Unit said “The second phase of our LTE 4G is not only about expansion of coverage, it has as well other enhancements such as the launch of new 4G & 3.5G multi-mode modem that works on our 4G LTE & 3.5G networks which means that soon our valued customers will be able to use seamless mobile broadband on the go benefitting from the largest mobile broadband network and widest coverage in the Sultanate”.

“We believe that FDD on 1.8 GHz band will be the most prevailing version of the LTE 4G networks in the future as the majority of the available and new devices to be released are compatible with LTE FDD on 1.8 GHz band. As we announce the launch of the 4G & 3.5G multi-mode modem, we are also currently testing many other devices including smartphones & tablets in collaboration with manufacturers to bring the most advanced and innovative 4G devices to our customers. We will continuously announce & release a variety of new 4G devices very soon”.

Promotional Package:

The new 4G LTE & 3.5G multimode USB modem is available at introductory competitive price from Omantel at only OMR 30/= including a sim-card with 1 GB of data. The LTE 4G starter-pack is available at Omantel outlets in Sultan Qaboos University Campus, Omantel Headquarters & Muscat City Centre outlets in Al Mawalih, Al Khaudh, Muscat Grand Mall, Ruwi Main Outlet, Sohar Main Outlet, Nizwa Main Outlet, Sur Main Outlet and Duqm Outlet.

Covered Areas:

Omantel added more sites with LTE FDD technology at Sultan Qaboos University Campus, Al Mawaleh, Al Khaudh, Al Khuwair, Al Ghubrah North, Madinat Sultan Qaboos, Al Sarooj, Al Azaiba, Wadi Kabir and Ruwi in Muscat Governorate, Sohar City in North Al Batinah Governorate, Sur in North Al Sharqiya Governorate, Nizwa in Al Dhakliya Governorate and Duqm in Al Wusta Governorate. By first quarter of 2013, Omantel LTE 4G coverage will reach the major cities across the Sultanate.

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