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Omantel teams up with Ericsson to begin 5G testing in Oman

Experimenting with download speeds of 25 gigabit/sec, the development is yet another milestone for Omantel and takes the company one step closer to implementing comprehensive Internet of Things technology in the Sultanate.

According to a company statement, “Omantel has started experimenting the fifth generation technology (5G) experience for the first time in the Sultanate in partnership with Ericsson MEA.”

Omantel became the first provider in the Sultanate to introduce 4G LTE networks in 2012. In 2015, Omantel’s total network investments reached over 120 million Rials, which led to introducing 4.5G technology in April 2015 that enabled speeds of up to 200mbps, as well as expanding the 4G LTE network to reach over 86 percent of the population in Oman.

Following the successful trial of 4G LTE technology last year, Omantel’s Chief Operating Officer Eng. Samy Ahmed Al Ghassany said at the time, “The trial gave impressive results where we were able to achieved peak download speeds of (1Gbps) using the 4G LTE advanced pro technology, which is considered a significant milestone in our roadmap utilising our spectrum assets to test the network and prepare for the technological evolution to 5G.”