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Omantel Partners with Huawei to Install Smart Cities Lampposts

Omantel, the leading provider of integrated telecommunication services in the Sultanate, have announced on the sideline of the Company’s participation in Mobile World Congress a partnership with Huawei, the leading global networking and telecommunications equipment and services company, to deliver Oman’s first Smart Street Lamppost solution. The installation forms part of a wider agile network program providing integrated Huawei 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi Small Cell into streetlamps to enable extensive mobile coverage, and smart city services. This innovative solution will be deployed on trial basis and will be gradually rolled out to cover more areas.

Apart from allowing Omantel to enhance its voice and data coverage including mobile data and wifi in order to improve the services rendered to customers, the smart street lampposts have the flexibility to be integrated with cameras and intelligent sensors in the future in order to assist with services such as smart car parking and smart surveillance. As a result of the strategic partnership, Omantel is set to become the first operator in the world to deploy the Huawei Smart Lamppost innovative solutions.

Commenting on the project, Omantel Chief Operating Officer Samy Ahmed AL Ghassany noted, “Our strategic partnership with Huawei and our mutual synergies will further allow both our organizations to lead the market in terms of technology innovations in the years to come. The number of smart cities across the world is set to quadruple by 2025 and thus investing in intelligent technologies such as the smart street lamppost is now more relevant than ever.”

The launch of the smart street lampposts aligns with the ‘Omantel 3.0’ strategy for digital smart home and business services which will be launched throughout the Sultanate starting from 2016. The innovative growth strategy aims to position Omantel as the digital partner of choice, in the consumer arena and for the public and private sectors, enabling the digital society to flourish and grow across all sectors in Oman.

“The smart street lamppost is a key feature of emerging smart cities and Omantel’s commitment to this technology is a first step towards demonstrating our capability to rolling out smart city solutions in the Sultanate.” The technology will ultimately help to deliver a more enriching lifestyle for the public of Oman in the years to come. At Omantel we are dedicated to enhancing digital connectivity irrespective of location and technology in order to providing the best experience for our customers and the public” ‘AL Ghassany’ added.

Also commenting on the strategic partnership, Max Li , Director of Huawei Omantel KAD remarked, “At Huawei we are pleased to join hands with the Sultanate’s most iconic and trusted telecommunications brands to deliver this pioneering technology. Today, smart city technologies and Wi-Fi access in public spaces are becoming the global norm and we are excited to work with Omantel to bring this technology to life in the Sultanate of Oman.”

Omantel is the Sultanate’s first and leading integrated telecommunications services provider, enabling the digital society to flourish, allowing new ways of doing business and delivering a world of information, news and entertainment. Investing in the future of the nation, Omantel connects even the most remote communities of the Sultanate to each other and the rest of the world. Today, Omantel boldly innovates to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction, the broadest and most reliable nationwide network while investing for Oman’s future development.