More than 600 villages in Oman to get satellite Internet in 2020

Energy Monday 18/May/2020 18:57 PM
By: Times News Service
More than 600 villages in Oman to get satellite Internet in 2020
Muscat: The Sultanate, in coordination with the Telecommunication and Information Society (ITU), plans a number of initiatives and projects, including providing more than 600 villages in the country with satellite Internet in 2020.
The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Technology and Communications, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and telecommunications companies operating in the Sultanate, said Azza bint Suleiman Al-Ismaili, Minister of Technology and Communications.
The Ministry organised a virtual event to mark this occasion. The event included a speech by Azza bint Suleiman Al-Ismaili, in which she touched on the importance of this day, which falls on May 17.
She said that this year, the day is characterised by its focus on the "Connect 2030" programme of the International Telecommunication Union(ITU), which is a common international vision to bridge the digital divide and harness information and communications technology in support of sustainable development plans in member countries.
She said that in line with the efforts being exerted by the world at large of the countries to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Technology and Communications announced the formation of a major committee for technical innovation in coordination with the COVID-19 Supreme Committee in the Sultanate.
She added that this committee is concerned with supervising national initiatives and guiding specialised cadres to provide innovative technical solutions to address this global pandemic.
Dr Hamad bin Salem Al-Rawahi, CEO of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) stated that the participation of TRA in marking this occasion came this year under exceptional circumstances, during which efforts were made to ensure the continuity of communication services by the Internet protocol through visual communication applications in addition to providing online education, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.