Strategic pact signed to provide satellite services in Oman

Business Monday 14/June/2021 19:00 PM
By: Times News Service
Strategic pact signed to provide satellite services in Oman

Muscat: Space Communication Technologies Company (SCT) and Oman Telecommunication Company (Omantel) have signed an agreement to provide satellite communication to the different verticals in the Omani market.

Omantel will utilise the satellite services using the state-of-the-art technologies on Ka-Band from the SCT’s satellite Earth Station located in Omantel’s Al Amerat Teleport on the Omani Satellite payload on Arabsat6A @ 30.5 E. Omantel will use this service to expand and enhance its reach for mobile network backhauling, in addition to providing connectivity services to their end-customers in different regions across the Sultanate.

As the leading integrated telecom services provider of Oman, Omantel sees this agreement as a push towards digitisation that is modernising traditional ways of governance, education, business, services and administration by offering more efficient technologies and advanced solutions.

The agreement will further consolidate Omantel’s position as the market leader as the company will expand and enhance its reach for mobile network backhauling, in addition to providing connectivity services to its end customers in different regions across the Sultanate. Omantel will gain satellite bandwidth to complement its terrestrial range coverage, thus expanding the user base, and bringing them access to the latest innovations through improved connectivity.

This agreement is another collaboration between Omantel and SCT. In 2020, Omantel was selected as SCT’s telecom infrastructure service provider and accordingly SCT co-located its main satellite hub in Omantel’s Teleport in Al Amerat.

Eng Salim Al Alawi, Executive Director of SCT, stated, “Signing the agreement with Omantel is an extension of the collaboration between the two companies in the field of space telecommunication. Omantel is considered one of the biggest strategic partners to SCT. As the agreement states, Omantel will be provided with satellite bandwidth for its commercial users to complement their services provided by terrestrial coverage. This will provide Omantel with satellite connectivity to increase the bandwidth available to the mobile stations in rural areas. I would like to express my thanks to Omantel’s Wholesale Business Unit for their collaboration that led to signing this agreement and a special thanks go to SCT’s team for their recognisable effort to seal the signing.”

Eng. Salim Al Mazrui, General Manager Wholesale Operations at Omantel said, “Omantel is always keen to utilize the latest available technological solutions to provide the most advanced services to its customers. Through this partnership with SCT, we will be able to increase the backhauling capacity for various mobile stations located in remote areas. By doing so, we will be able to upgrade the mobile technologies offered in these areas, which in turn, will allow our clients to enjoy enhanced services and a better customer experience, which is one of our key priorities. We thank our counterparts in SCT for their efforts in facilitating this agreement and we look forward to achieving more mutual benefits under this highly valued partnership.”

Omantel and SCT are in the process of deploying the project to reap mutual benefits in the near future. Both parties are committed to working together on other opportunities to further enhance their fruitful collaboration and continue to positively reflect their partnership in the telecom sector in Oman.