Muscat: The Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (Sezad) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oman Broadband Company (OBC) to provide infrastructure for optic fibre network at the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZD) to ensure providing high speed internet service by licensed communication service providers in the Sultanate.
The agreement was signed by Yahya bin Said Al Jabri, Sezad Chairman and Said bin Hamdoon Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Ports and Maritime Affairs, Chairman of the OBC Board of Directors.
The signing of the MoU crowns the government trends to implement the national broadband strategy. As per the MoU, OBC will provide institutions with high speed data transmitters.
"The services provided by OBC to SEZD comes in a bid to keep pace with the development and growth witnessed by SEZD due to the many projects implemented in the zone. The services will help companies and investors to get faster and better quality communication and Internet services," said Saleh bin Hamoud Al Hassani, Director General of the Investor Services in Sezad.
"The MoU comes within Sezad's trend to set up what is called "smart cities" as the broadband services will accelerate the provision of communication and internet services in SEZD," he added.
On his part, Eng. Majid bin Amer Al Kharousi, OBC Director General said that the MoU crowns the Government efforts related to expansion of the optic fibre network at the various wilayats and governorates. Since its establishment in 2014, OBC has deployed optic fibre network for its individual and corporate customers.
He pointed out that OBC will study the site that should be expanded at SEZD and necessary measures will be then initiated to expand the network in SEZD.