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Oman gets commercial 3G from Nawras

10 Dec 2007

Omani cellco Nawras, owned by Qatar Telecom (Qtel) and Danish incumbent TDC, has commercially launched 3G services in five cities, reports the Khaleej Times. A limited pilot of the technology has been taking place since April 2006 in Muscat, Sohar, Sur, Salalah and Nizwa. The new services are branded ‘3G+’ and CEO Ross McCormack said he expected a large majority of the 200,000-plus Nawras customers currently owning 3G handsets to subscribe soon, adding that ‘we will be expanding in 2008 according to customer demand.’ Nawras is offering a choice of four different price plans for 3G+ customers; ‘pay-as-you-go’, ‘light user’, ‘medium user’ and ‘heavy user’.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, this will be the first commercial 3G service in the Sultanate. Nawras was awarded a technology-neutral 3G concession in June 2004 as part of its mobile operating concession. Last month the company began a trial of 3.5G HSDPA services in the capital, Muscat. At the end of September 2007 Nawras had close to 900,000 subscribers, giving it roughly 38% of the market. The remainder was taken by Oman Mobile, the cellular arm of state-owned incumbent Omantel.

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