Omantel inks deal with Ericsson for 5G network expansion

15 Jul 2020

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent telecoms operator, has selected Ericsson to support its ongoing 5G radio access network (RAN) deployment plans in a multi-year partnership. According to the Swedish vendor, hardware and software products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including Advanced Antenna Systems and 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR), will be deployed in Omantel’s network. Further, Ericsson has said it will support Omantel’s commercial 5G deployment at key locations across Oman, including Salalah, Nizwa and Sur.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Omantel announced the commercial launch of 5G services for residential broadband customers in December 2019. The network, which supports maximum download speeds of 1Gbps, is available in a number of main towns and cities, including Muscat, Barka, Sohar, Rustaq and Saham.