Amer al Rawas, CEO of Omantel
Omantel’s CEO Dr. Amer al Rawas said that the climax of their 500 million Omani riyal investment (1.3 billion USD) is the latest telecommunication service, 4G LTE.
For now the 4G service will only be available at SQU and certain places in Muscat, Buraimi and Khasab only, at least of the time being. Al Rawas explained that Omantel did studies which showed that there was high demand for 3.5G services in just those places.
Admitting that there are some problems which operators may face with compatible frequencies, al Rawas said “The government has announced allocation of 15 million riyals to resolve the frequency problems.”
“We have set up 50 stations for the 4G services and plan to increase to 200 stations in future,” the CEO said.
The company first tried the 4G network at SQU.
“The traffic at SQU is high for 3.5G as students use it for gaming as well as for their study use,” al Rawas said. He added that the trial was highly successful at SQU and it will most likely lead to the establishment of five “hot-spots” at SQU for the 4G service.
One of Oman’s largest telecommunication service providers, Omantel, has announced two new appointments to their operating staff: Samy Ahmed al Ghassany will become the new Chief Operating Officer and Talal Said al Maamari will become the new Chief Financial Officer.
The Chairman of the Omantel Board of Directors, Sultan Hamdoon al Harthy, commented on the development:
“These new appointments will bring further momentum to the realization of Omantel vision and objectives as we continue to lead the market and expand our business locally and regionally and are in-line with regional and international benchmarks in telecom industry.”
Omantel Chairman Al Harthy
“This is an important step in our progress as we put in place a vivacious senior executive team that can ensure our leadership in the market and carry us into the future. The decision by the Board to name these leaders is a testimony to the depth, flexibility and breadth of Omantel’s senior team. The Company has focused in the past few years meticulously on preparing Omani leaders to take on Omantel’s most challenging assignments. That effort is now paying off and we are confident that with their dedication, passion and innovative spirit these two leaders will be able to help not only maintain the Company’s leading position but also to enhance value to customers and shareholders,” added Al Harthy.
The CEO of Omantel, Dr. Amer al Rawas had this to say about the new appointments:
“Samy al Ghassany and Talal al Maamari have both played a significant role in Omantel’s evolution and its leadership position in the market. These two leaders took part in the Company’s transformation and growth, while holding several senior technical, commercial and corporate responsibilities with outstanding dedication and passion for success.”
The appointments come at a time when the innovative and pioneering Omantel is showing steady growth as they continue to diversify and introduce cutting-edge products into the telecommunications marketplace and other related businesses.