Oman Mobile strengthens partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize radio network in southern Oman in a country-wide consolidation initiative
Oman Mobile Telecommunications , the countryâ€™s leading mobile operator has appointed Nokia Siemens Networks to consolidate and improve its network quality and coverage, while launching new services such as EDGE in the rural areas. Nokia Siemens Networks will replace parts of the existing radio network in southern Oman in a country-wide consolidation initiative, being a leading supplier to Oman Mobile.
As per the scope of the project, Nokia Siemens Networks will improve coverage of Oman Mobileâ€™s network along the Long Distance road, the artery road that runs between North and South of Oman. Swapping the existing radio network in southern Oman, between BidBid and Salalah, it will consolidate and improve coverage and capacity in these areas and the new growth market of Duqm. Lastly, Nokia Siemens Networks will also enable EDGE services in the rural areas of the Sultanate of Oman.
Mr. Lars Gustafsson, Marketing Division Head of Oman Mobile, stated: â€œThe homogenization of the radio network between BidBid and Salalah will increase Oman Mobileâ€™s operational efficiency and further increase our competitiveness in the market. In addition, the introduction of EDGE services will support the e-Government initiative by facilitating the benefits of mobile data services in the rural areas of the country.â€
And Stefan Sieber, Country Director Oman, Nokia Siemens Networks adds: â€œThis project shows Nokia Siemens Networksâ€™ continued commitment to the partnership with Oman Mobile. We are providing support for the business of Oman Mobile by bringing in more efficiency into the network and allowing new revenue streams, e.g. via mobile internet in the rural areas.â€
Of the two licensed mobile providers operating in the country, Oman Mobile with almost 1.6 million subscribers has the larger 60% share of the market. Nokia Siemens Networks began its association with the leading GSM Operator as early as 1996 by supplying Core, Radio, Intelligent Network and Value-Added-Services products.