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Omantel provides MPLS service to National Bank of Abu Dhabi -Oman
Omantel, the leading provider of integrated telecommunication services signed a five year agreement with National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) – Oman to provide MPLS service to link the bank branches located in different governorates which contributes to enhancing the services provided to NBAD Oman customers, as well as speeding up the process of communication between the branches through a highly secured network.
Commenting on the agreement Eng. Salah Al Balushi Manager of Financial Sector Sales, Omantel: “We are proud of the trust of NBAD Oman in selecting Omantel to provide the bank with our state-of-the-art MPLS service for one of its major projects which will enable the bank to obtain high speed services and increase efficiency throughout the different branches in the Sultanate.” Omantel MPLS service will allow NBAD Oman to link 9 of its branches along with a number of ATM machines which will help the bank to provide a highly secured service to its customers.”
NBAD Oman commented on this agreement: “Our bank seeks to provide a high standards of quality service to our customers through the different branches over the Sultanate. The MPLS agreement with Omantel will help us in linking all our branches over the sultanate securely with high speeds which will ensure delivering on our commitment to provide quality services to our customers.”
NBAD launched its first Oman branch in 1976, the only UAE bank in the Sultanate of Oman. NBAD Oman uses the latest technology to deliver the best banking services including wealth management, trade finance and deposits and serve all segments in personal and corporate banking.
Omantel has been awarded ISO 27001 certification for MPLS Service. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. Omantel is also considered as one of the first companies in the GCC to have received its MPLS Service certified for ISO 27001. This award is believed to build customer confidence and reliability for choosing the company as the MPLS Service provider.
Win a Trip to Attend the Clasico Match with “Omantel Ozone Football Challenge”
Score a goal and be the winner to attend the Clasico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain and many more prizes among “Ozone Football Challenge”.
Commenting on the campaign Shadli Al Abdulsalam, Senior Manager Product Development, Marketing Consumer said: “Ozone package is meant to gather all the youth from 18 to 25 in one zone where they can communicate with each other. Youth wants to constantly be connected with their friends, families and followers through social media channels that allow them to share their latest updates and happenings. So Ozone was launched as our first youth club which includes internet data, discounted calling rates, a free Sama’ni ringtone back tone in addition to other benefits from coffee shops, fitness clubs and other partners in which they can enjoy discounts up to 50%.”
“Omantel brings all the youth “Ozone Football Challenge” which is an exciting electronic virtual football game event. Most youth in Oman are into football hence this challenge gives them the opportunity to show their football skills and win many attractive prizes.”
“The registration kick off was yesterday Wednesday 27th August 2014 electronically by visiting the website www.omantel.om/ofc14 and filling the application online. The registration will continue for one week until 3rd September 2014 where the first 256 registered players will get into the knock-out round on 4th September 2014 from 11:00am at the Salalah Garden Mall. And among them 32 players will compete for the grand prize on September 5th 2014 at Salalah Garden mall. All the participants will compete on FIFA 2014 game to win ultimate prize trip to attend the Clasico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain on October 26th 2014, whereas the second winner will win a PlayStation 4 device and the third winner a Mini iPad.”
If you are from 18 - 25 years then Ozone has been designed with you in mind. It's the best way to stay in touch with all of your friends and enjoy a variety of services designed specifically for this age group.
It is worth mentioning that Ozone package from Omantel is a new package which is specially designed for the youth. This innovative service enables the youth of Hayyak prepaid customers to enjoy verity of services and offers on many of Omantel’s services. The package offers the customers discounted calling rates to all the subscribers of Ozone, a free internet data, one free ring back tone from Sama’ni and much more benefits from other partners.
Omantel launches a new Hayyak Starter Kit
As part of Omantel’s efforts to continuously satisfy the communication needs of its valued customers and in order to enhance customer experience, the leading telecommunication service provider in the Sultanate has launched a new Hayyak Starter Kit package. For 2 RO new Hayyak customers can purchase a Hayyak kit that will offer them with 2 RO credit which can be used in local and international voice – video calls, MMS, mobile broadband or friends and family package. This package is permanently launched for all new Hayyak subscribers including those porting out from other operators.
Omantel has always focused on delivering quality services and continues to provide services that are simple to get and easy to use. The Hayyak prepaid service enables the customer to be in control of what they spend while enjoying a variety of advance payment methods such as the top-up vouchers or the on-line payment.
Commenting on this Shadli Al Abdulsalam Senior Manager Product Development at Omantel Consumer Unit said: “were always keen on enriching our customers’ lives with the best offers that allow them to stay connected all the time with their families and loved ones.”
“Moreover, this new Hayyak package gives new subscribers a free credit of 2 RO which is valid for usages like local and international voice – video calls, MMS, mobile broadband or friends and family package. This package is permanently launched for all new Hayyak subscribers including those porting out from other operators. “he concluded.
It is worth mentioning that Omantel has the wider network for Mobile Communications in the Sultanate, supporting the Third and Fourth Generation Technology with high quality speed in most governorates of the Sultanate. Omantel has succeeded in linking all areas of the Sultanate with each other and with the outside world through a modern network of fixed and mobile communications along with Internet services.
For further information please visit our web site www.omantel.om or call our call center on 1234.
Education Fun in the Summer Program for Children of Omantel Employees
Omantel -represented by HR unit- has been started its second Educational Summer Club for children of Omantel Employees during the period of August 10th to August 21st 2014 aims to provide children with new skills that can develop the spirit of creativity and innovation in them. The program included Omantel staff kids in Sur, Sohar, Ibri, Nizwa , Salalah as well as the company’s headquarter in Muscat in collaboration with Abdullah Al Aisari Center.
Saif Sultan Al Abri, Senior Manger Employee Engagement at Omantel HR Unit commented on this: “Omantel HR unit seeks to provide its employees with stimulus working environment. For this, the Company introduced various initiatives that promote employee ambitions and involve their families. This event is considered as the second edition which comes after the success of the previous one. This summer club is a benefit for the children to make use of the summer holidays with a program that can develop their personal and cognitive skills and at the same time which is most important, keeping them close to their parents”
This program is being organized for the second time in the company and we were keen to make it at a level that would meet the needs of the emerging generation and provide them with the necessary knowledge that helps them to be innovative and creative individuals in their lives. The second edition covers various programs such as Smart Explorers Program, a workshop on inventions to teach students the principles of electronics, such as fan making and the sound of ambulance
making, the Smart Reader Program to train participants to overcome weak reading keys ,Historical Intelligence Program through discussing Omani stories and tales in the form of questions and answers, Spiritual Intelligence Program to teach participants the jurisprudence of prayer and the practical ablution in an easy and simple way ,the Environmental Intelligence Program through using environment ores to explain some of the different aspects of the environment, and Leadership Skills, such as the art of writing goals and time management.” He added.
Al Abri has pointed out that Abdullah Al Aisari Center is considered as one of the best children training programs throughout its 13 branches in the Sultanate.
The initiative is part of the company’s ‘Employee Engagement’ program, and aims to enhance the communication between the management and staff.
Omantel Board approves the 40% Interim Dividend Distribution
Omantel Board of Directors approved the Company’s financial results for the period ended 30th June 2014 that showed an increase in the net profit by 9% to R.O 66 million. The Board also approved distributing 40% as an interim dividend to the Company’s shareholders. This came during the Omantel Board of Directors meeting held today.
The interim distribution of 40% from the paid capital will be paid to Omantel registered shareholders by the end of trading hours of Sunday 31 August 2014.
Omantel Net Profit Grows by 9% to R.O 66 Million and Revenue Reaches R.O 238.6 Million
Fixed Broadband Subscribers Up by 33%
Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G (Omantel. MSM: OTEL), revealed today the Company’s preliminary financial results for the period ended 30th June 2014, recording an increase in net profit by 9%. The company’s revenue has reached R.O 238.6 million as of 30th June 2014 compared to R.O 239.3 of the corresponding period of 2013, while the net profit has reached R.O 66 million compared to R.O 60.5 million in 2013. Omantel domestic customer base has grown by 6.8% while the Group customer base has also grown by 5.5% year on year.
Omantel said that growth was mainly driven by Domestic retail revenues. However, 28% decline in WTL revenue impacted overall revenue growth at group level which is mainly due to reduction in Wireless Local loop (WLL) segment. Fixed Line business recorded a growth of 10.5%, while revenues from Mobile and Fixed Broadband services have recorded a growth of 28% and 35% respectively. Domestic Mobile and wholesale businesses declined by 1.8% and 4.6% respectively. Growth in domestic revenues are mainly driven by broadband and data revenues, however, the decline in revenues from national, international calls and SMS have impacted the overall revenue growth.
Group Operating expenses decreased by 3.5% to RO 169.1 million compared to RO 175.2 million for the corresponding period of year 2013. The major reasons for decrease in operating expenses are mainly attributed to decrease in external administration (international calls) and depreciation expenses.
EBITDA & Net Profit:
EBITDA and Net Profit after tax both have recorded an impressive growth of 4.1% and 9% respectively.
Broadband segment both Mobile and Fixed Broadband services have been the key driver for the growth. Mobile and Fixed Broadband subscribers grew by 27% and 33%.
Omantel domestic subscriber base witnessed a remarkable growth of 6.8% as of 30th June 2014 reaching 3.233 million (excluding mobile resellers). Including Worldcall, total subscriber base has reached 4.170 million as of 30th June 2014 compared to 3.953 million of the corresponding period of the previous year, a growth of 5.5%.
Commenting on the results, Omantel Chief Executive Officer, Talal bin Said Al Mamari said: “Omantel has continued to see a steady growth especially in the net profit despite the decline of revenue from some services, which has been offset by the growth of mobile and fixed broadband services”.
“We are pleased with the results the Company achieved during the first half of 2014 that have seen our mobile and fixed broadband customer base growing at very good pace contributing to the overall net profit growth" Al Mamari added.
“I would like to thank our loyal customers, visionary Board, committed employees and supportive shareholders who have always been part and in support of Omantel’s journey to excellence” Talal Al Mamari concluded.
These financial results are preliminary ones and are subject to the approval of Omantel Board of Directors in its next meeting which will be held within the statuary period set by Capital Market Authority (CMA). To find out more about Omantel, log on to www.omantel.om .
Omantel offers tickets to the Maldives, Milan and Dubai for Makasib customers
Coinciding with Omantel being a main sponsor in Salalah Tourism Festival 2014, Omantel has announced the launch of new promotional offers for “Makasib” program customers which give them the opportunity to win tickets on Oman Air to visit three destinations the Maldives, Milan and Dubai for each 1000 redeemed points which give them a chance to enter the draw that will take place on 14 September 2014.
Commenting on this promotion, Usama Ahmed Al Rawas, Manager Loyalty and communication at Omantel Consumer Unit said: “In line with Omantel’s continuous efforts to provide best value and enhance customer experience to its customers, Omantel offers this promotion to add a great value to Makasib customers. We seek throughout this new offer to keep in touch with our customers by providing them with the best rewards and promotional offers.”
“This new offer provides the opportunity to many of “Makasib” customers to enter the draw to win three tickets to the Maldives, Milan and Dubai by flying on Oman Air. When 1000 points are redeemed by dialing *224*3#, customer can get an opportunity of entering the draw, and the more redeemed points, the more chances to enter the draw. Customers from Platinum category will have an opportunity to win a round trip ticket from Muscat to Milan in the business class, whereas the Gold and Silver customers will have the opportunity to win round trip tickets from Muscat to Dubai and from Muscat to the Maldives in the economy class for every 1000 redeemed points. The” Al-Rawas added.
Since its launch, Makasib Loyalty Program has earned customers' trust due to the real value and the different experience provided to them. All Omantel costumers are invited to join Makasib by dialing the short code *224# and following the simple instructions or sending an SMS with the word “Makasib” or “M” to 91224. After registration, customers will start earning Makasib and Status points for every 100 Baisa they spend on any Omantel service
The new service helps Oman’s corporate to conduct and manage video meetings
Omantel, the leading telecommunication services provider in the Sultanate is launching a new Managed Video conferencing as a Service (MVaaS) to the Company’s corporate customers. The new service enables Oman’s corporates and governments organizations to conduct and manage their video conferencing session seamlessly as point to point or multipoint within the country or outside country over public network or Internet Leased Lines (ILL) connectivity.
Commenting on the launch, Ali Bakhit Kashoob, Senior Manager Product Development at Corporate Business Unit said: “This service is a unique solution to for the Company’s with operations in different parts of the country, regional and international presence and those that have affiliation with partners located in different cities within the Sultanate or in any part of the world. The service helps our customers manage their meetings in a very effective and efficient manner through video using ADSL, Internet Leased Lines (ILL) or even ISDN local or international point to point connectivity at high speeds”.
Furthermore, Ali Kashoob has also pointed out that this service provides corporate customers with options that enhance their productivity, save money and cost and with a high level of security. The customers may register and share other locations in this service to hold online video conferences”.
“The service eliminates the distances and geographical challenges that has been a major concern for large corporates. Apart from enhancing productivity and efficiency, MVaaS provides other intangible benefits to our customer reflected in the savings made in the transportation costs as well as enhancing the safety by reducing the risks that may arise from the movement of staff between headquarters and branches” Ali Kashoob concluded.
Omantel Business is the dedicated Unit providing advanced solutions to the meet needs of corporate and government customers. Our solutions include a full suite of telecom and hosting services, to connect your business to your customers and partners globally as well as locally. The solutions leverage a state of the art networks and systems. Our MPLS service is our first service to receive an ISO certification. We serve our individual customers through a team of specialized Account Managers. For more information please visit www.omantel.om, send us an email email@example.com or call 24242888.
Omantel organizes its third Ramadan Cricket Tournament 2014 as a partner with the Pakistan Social Club
As an acknowledgement to its support towards the sport activities and its soft image for the welfare of different communities in the Sultanate, Omantel is partnering for the fifth time with the Pakistani Community club in organizing Omantel Cup Ramadan Cricket Tournament which has started on June 29th 2014 and will run throughout the holy month. The event features in three different locations, Muscat, Salalah and Sohar simultaneously. The event also features more than 100 teams from different nationalities suck as Pakistani, Indian, Siri Lankan, Bangladeshi as well as Omanis. The tournament was opened under the patronage of Sohail Qadir VP Wholesale Omantel and Mr. Ayaz Hussain Ambassador of Pakistan.
Commenting on this partnership, Mohammed Hassan Al Lawati Manager Events at Omantel: "the Pakistan Social Club and Omantel maintain a very good relation for many years. This is the fifth time that we are partnering together to sponsor one of the most popular a month event. Beside of supporting the local sport events, Omantel also support other communities’ sports as they are considered to be the right platform to support and interact with thousands of our customers in different nationalities. Cricket is a very well-known and popular sport among Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan and other communities and the popularity of this sport is growing among other nationalities too. Not only that, but the tournament is also a medium to enhance awareness of the importance of health in the holy month"
Furthermore, Al Lawati has also indicated that Omantel is sponsoring this mega event as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting major events in Oman that help the company get closer to its customers embodying the company's tagline "together".
Top Rating Agencies Continue Their High Ratings for Omantel
Omantel, the leading telecommunications service provider in the Sultanate of Oman continued to be rated BBB+/A-2 by Standard and Poor’s and A3 by Moody’s.
In 2013 Standard and Poor’s had assigned a first time rating BBB+/A-2 and Moody’s had assigned a first time rating of A3.
According to Standard and Poor’s the ratings continue to reflect Omantel’s strong financial ratios and its strong competitive position in Oman’s fixed line and mobile telephony markets, solid operating performance and good profitability, strong net cash position and credit metrics.
According to, Moody’s , “ The A3 rating combines Omantel's fundamental credit quality, strong financial profile, which is reflected by the company's solid free cash flow generation despite its high capital expenditures for network upgrades. The rating is also driven by our expectation that the company will maintain a conservative leverage profile, with debt/EBITDA not exceeding 1.5 xs. In addition, the rating reflects the high barriers of entry to the Omani telecom market given the country's large territory relative to its population, which acts as a deterrent to potential entrants into the market.
Talal Said Al Mamari, the CEO of Omantel commented “We are pleased that both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s continue their high ratings for Omantel. Their rating speaks volumes and affirms Omantel’s strong financial performance and its leadership position in the domestic market. Omantel’s strategy remains focused on customer experience, growth and market leadership with an aim to enhance shareholder value”
This high financial ratings of Omantel reflects the sustainable financial strength and performance of the Company and follows many international awards and recognitions Omantel received in the previous years. The most recent awards are the Best Company for Investor Relations in Oman for three years awarded by Annual Middle East Investor Relations, Best Performing Company in MSM for the 8th consecutive year by Oman Economic Review and Asian Business Leaders Forum (ABLF) for the best business practices in recognition of the great efforts made by Omantel to improve its business and apply the best internationally recognized business practices.
Omantel is the pioneer provider of leading edge telecommunications services in the Sultanate of Oman connecting individuals, enterprises and government across the country through a state-of-the-art network. By offering an unmatched range of innovative products and after-sales service, Omantel is the market leader. We serve our customers nationwide through online channels, shops and distributors. Omantel is listed on the Muscat Stock Market and trades under the name OTL.OM. For more information, please visit our website www.omantel.om, meet us in one of our shops or call 1234.
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