Omantel, the sultanate’s pre-eminent pioneer provider telecom company, recently reached a milestone when its 4G LTE technology achieved peak speeds of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), symbolizing a giant step forward for Oman’s technology.
Omantel Chief Operating Officer Samy Ahmed Al Ghassany said that impressive results of a successful trial run means that Oman is closer to achieving 5G, or fifth generation wireless networking.
“(We were able to achieve) peak download speeds of (1 Gbps) using the 4G LTE Advanced Pro technology, which is considered a significant milestone in our roadmap utilizing our spectrum assets to test the network and prepare for the technological evolution to 5G,” Ghassany said.
Omantel (Oman Telecommunications Company) is the primary internet service provider in the country.
“As technology innovators and pioneers, we believe that through mobility and connectivity services, our society can be transformed,” Ghassany said. “This breakthrough brings us one step closer to the realization of Omantel’s vision for Oman - to become a truly networked society where lives are enriched through connectivity.”
Earlier this year, Oman was designated as having the world’s 13th fastest 4G LTE by experts from Open Signal, a London and California-based company examining global mobile operator performance. The sultanate’s communications goals include upgrading connectivity for residents and businesses to enable “smart” homes and services in the near future.