Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent telecoms operator, has announced the commercial launch of 5G mobile services. The state-owned firm claims the new network offers ‘higher speeds and reduced latency, resulting in faster downloads, quicker website browsing, and a better streaming experience’. Omantel’s 5G service is available without extra charge on both post-paid and pre-paid tariffs, although customers require a 5G supported handset or device and must be within coverage area to use the service. The network is currently available in a number of locations in the Sultanate, including Muscat, Musandam, Al Buraimi, the Al Batinah coastline, Ibri, Rustaq and Ash Dakhliyah.
The development follows the launch of 5G services for residential broadband customers, offering maximum download speeds of 1Gbps, in December 2019.