Cisco and Omantel Embark on Trial Project to Provide Enhanced Mobile and Network Coverage for Omani Market

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Cisco and Omantel Aim to Deliver Enhanced Mobile Connectivity to Support ‘Smart Oman’ Across All Key Vertical Sectors

MUSCAT, Oman -27 April 2015 – At COMEX 2015, Cisco today announced that Omantel, the pioneer of total communications solutions in the Sultanate of Oman, has successfully  integrated Cisco Universal Small Cell Solutions into its mobile network as part of a trial project aiming to support its growing base of customers. Cisco’s end-to-end small cell solutions will scale to be suitable for small, medium and large enterprise buildings.

In Oman, as well as globally, mobile networks have never mattered more with connections set to double and data traffic will increase 11-fold over the next five years. With the increased demands on the network, Omantel is targeting to invest in small cell solutions to help optimize and monetize consumer and business services on mobile devices across 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi networks. Multi-technology small cells (3G/4G/Wi-Fi) will provide increased voice and data coverage and capacity indoors.

Small cell provides for enterprises which increasingly view ‘five bars everywhere’ coverage as an essential amenity, not a luxury. It will benefit all vertical sectors across Oman including:

  • Hospitals and public health facilities
  • Commercial malls and shopping complexes
  • Airports & transport hubs
  • Sports venues, hotels and convention centers
  • Large offices, towers, and high rise buildings.
  • Residential & in-home coverage
  • Remote and rural areas

“We are always seeking innovative approaches to providing the best mobile network with the best coverage and the best experience for our customers in Oman as this is a major factor in driving our success,” said Bader Saud Mohammed Al Zaidi, Senior Manager, Access Network Design at Omantel.

“Omantel is looking forward to enhancing our mobile coverage for voice and data services across all market segments in the Omani market and in particular is the in-building market segment. We chose to conduct a trial for the Cisco Small cell solution due to its agility and ease-of-deployment. As a next step, we are exploring how and where the Omantel customer can benefit most from Cisco Small Cell solution,” added Bader Saud Mohammed Al Zaidi.

“We are pleased to be working with Omantel on the new wave of enterprise small cell deployments in Oman,” said Iyad Alchammat, General Manager for Cisco in Oman. “Our own Cisco research forecasts that much of the mobile data traffic growth will be indoors, which underscores the increasing importance of small cell technologies in many service provider mobile service delivery strategies. We are confident that our end-to-end solutions, which accommodate all building types with full Wi-Fi integration, will provide world-class support to Omantel and its customers well into the future.”

According to the latest annual update of the Cisco® Visual Networking Index™ Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014 to 2019, the ongoing adoption of more powerful mobile devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections combined with broader access to faster cellular networks are key contributors to significant mobile traffic growth. In 2014, 88 percent of global mobile data traffic was “smart” traffic, with advanced computing/multi-media capabilities and a minimum of 3G connectivity, but that figure is expected to rise to 97 percent by 2019. According to the Index, the Gulf Region will post one of the fastest mobile data traffic growth rates, with a 62 percent compound annual growth rate.

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Omantel and Cisco

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(Left to Right)  Bader Saud Mohammed Al Zaidi, Senior Manager, Access Network Design at Omantel and Iyad Alchammat, General Manager for Cisco in Oman today announced at COMEX 2015 that they are embarking on a trial project to provide enhanced mobile and network coverage for Oman.

About Omantel:
Omantel is the pioneer of total communications solutions in the Sultanate of Oman. We have the widest choice of state of the art services with the broadest network coverage. We listen to understand your needs and value feedback. We strive to deliver on our promises. Omantel has offered the full spectrum of telecommunications solutions to the people and businesses of Oman since the dawn of the Renaissance in 1970. Over the years, as the pioneering telecommunications supplier, we have striven to connect even the most remote communities to each other and to the rest of the world. As a pillar of the Omani economy, Omantel has been a leading player in Oman’s progress and national development.
For more details visit: http://www.omantel.om/default.aspx

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