Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel), the Sultanate’s incumbent fixed and mobile operator, has announced that it has now covered the populated areas in the governorates of Muscat, Al Batinah South and Al Batinah North with 5G services, reports Times of Oman. ‘We have successfully rolled out a large number of new 5G sites in the populated areas of Muscat, Al Batinah North and Al Batinah South governorates. These new sites will serve home internet and mobile internet alike, and users will get an optimum speed even at the edge of the coverage range,’ said Aladdin Baitfadhil, Chief Commercial Officer at Omantel, adding: ‘We managed to ensure a fast and steady connection everywhere within the coverage range, even for mobile users, through smaller 5G cells that connect to the main tower.’

Omantel was allocated 100MHz of spectrum in the 3400MHz-3500MHz frequency band in December 2018, following which a commercial launch of fixed wireless 5G services for residential customers took place in December 2019. Commercial 5G mobile services, supporting maximum download speeds of 1Gbps, were then launched in February 2021. 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.

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