Omantel

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Country

Company Name

Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G.

Ownership Type

Publicly Traded Company
State/Government Owned

MNC

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3G UMTS Frequency Bands

4G LTE Frequency Bands

IoT Technology

Company Overview

Omantel is the Sultanate of Oman's incumbent telecommunications services provider. Founded in 1980 as a wholly state-owned enterprise, today the company is publicly traded, with the state retaining a 51% majority share.

The company implemented 2G GSM over 900 MHz in 1996, and launched 3G UMTS services in March 2009 over B1 (2100 MHz). Omantel's 3G network was upgraded to HSPA+ in 2011, and B8 (900 MHz) added in certain areas in December 2013. 4G LTE began in July 2012 with the activation of a TDD B40 (2300 MHz) service. The network was expanded shortly after with a B3 (1800 MHz) carrier in December that year. In April 2015 Omantel announced commercial launch of LTE-Advanced with up to 200 Mbps theoretical peak downlink. The company secured additional B7 (2600 MHz) and B20 (800 MHz) spectrum in August 2015, however service activation is unclear.

LTE-A Pro trials were conducted in May 2016, with the company successfully demonstrating peak data rates in excess of 1 Gbps.

Omantel IoT

In April 2016 the company announced a partnership with Sigfox to deploy its network nationwide. The two companies formed a joint venture, Internet of Things LLC, which operates under the mOmkin brand. By May 2018 mOmkin announced it had achieved 70% coverage of the country.

Omantel 5G

In partnership with Ericsson, the company showcased 25 Gbps mmWave 5G in November 2017. Omantel was awarded 100 MHz in the 3400 to 3500 MHz band in late 2018 for the purposes of implementing an n78 (3500 MHz) 5G network. In March 2019 the company confirmed network readiness for 5G.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2009-03 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
Active
Active
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2012-07]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
No Data Active
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Unconfirmed
10 MHz Unconfirmed
5G NR Network Information

Details on 5G NR network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Type Status Build-Out
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus
100 MHz Build-Out
IoT Network - Sigfox UNB
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date

Services Available

As specialists in 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular technologies, our R-Spectrum team provides in-country technical services to most regions around the world. Operating on a contract basis we are often sent to remote and isolated regions to assist companies in establishing voice and data communications.

Through our R-Spectrum team, we help our clients visualise and understand mobile signal issues by offering a range of radio frequency modelling services for 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G LTE, and 5G NR cellular technologies. The first step to solving any problem is to understand the problem.

News & Developments

The 5G showcase, which used advanced 5G features such as beamforming and beam tracking, gave a peek into the future of Omantel’s network and how that operator will remain at the forefront of technology innovation and leadership in the region. The results of this 5G trial were announced during the “Technology Days” event held on November 12-14, 2017.

LABEGE, France & MUSCAT, Oman--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SIGFOX, the world’s leading provider of a dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Omantel, the Sultanate of Oman’s leading provider of integrated telecommunication services, today announced plans to deploy SIGFOX’s IoT network in the Sultanate.