The Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) has authorised two telecom operators Omantel and Ooredoo the right to use a 100MHz 5G spectrum, which will offer endless opportunities for upgrading their services.
Both the telecom companies will construct and install 4,400 stations to operate 5G technology in the next five years, including 1,000 stations in the year 2019-2020. To enable the effective roll-out of 5G services and encourage investment in the sector, the telecom companies will be exempted from the annual frequency usage fees for one year.
Ian Dench, CEO, Ooredoo, said, “working with the TRA and other government and private sector entities to deliver 5G, we’ll be taking the Sultanates technology to the next level”.
Dench said Ooredoo has been preparing for the transition to 5G wireless technology since 2017, recently rolling out operational trials, demonstrations and experience zones at stores in Muscat and Salalah.