Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent fixed and mobile operator, has announced the successful trial of ‘4G LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) Pro technology’, which achieved peak download speeds of up to 1Gbps. ‘The trial gave impressive results where we were able to achieve peak download speeds of 1Gbps using the 4G LTE-A pro technology, which is considered a significant milestone in our roadmap of utilising our spectrum assets to test the network and prepare for the technological evolution to 5G,’ commented Omantel’s Chief Operating Officer Eng. Samy Ahmed Al Ghassany, adding: ‘This breakthrough brings us one step closer to the realisation of Omantel’s vision for Oman, to become a truly networked society, where lives are enriched through connectivity.’
Omantel launched commercial LTE services in 2012 and introduced maximum download speeds of 200Mbps last year through the introduction of LTE-A technology. Total network investment totalled OMR120 million (USD310.7 million) in 2015 and by the end of the year 4G coverage had reached over 86% of the population.