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TeliaSonera International Carrier Expands With Point of Presence for the Middle East with Omantel

Partners with Omantel to Deliver Global-Local Connectivity throughout these Emerging Markets

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC), today announced it has expanded its worldwide network with a Point of Presence (PoP) in Oman. Partnering with Oman Telecommunication Company (Omantel), the leading provider of telecommunications services in the Sultanate of Oman, TSIC will offer an extensive portfolio of IP, Ethernet, international voice and IPX-based services.

TSIC has worked with Middle Eastern operators for over 20 years and now continues to build on its position as a major international voice aggregator and one of the top providers of Internet backbone routes to the region.

Partnering with Omantel is a natural step given Oman’s strategic location as a landing point for ten regional cable systems.

Brendan Ives, President, TeliaSonera International Carrier, says, “Oman is an important gateway to the Middle East. Partnering with Oman’s leading wholesale telecommunications provider was a natural choice in the expansion of our network allowing us to meet growing customer demands for high performance connectivity.”

Dr. Amer Al Rawas, CEO of Omantel, adds, “Oman’s geographical advantage being a natural hub enabled Omantel to become as a key interconnection point for international carriers. Partnering with TSIC positions us as a true link between the East and the West. It has expanded our visibility and positioned Omantel as the go-to provider for international carriers and service providers seeking to do business in Oman as well as the rest of the Middle East.”

Ranked one of the top two global IP backbone providers by Internet intelligence authority Renesys, TSIC owns and operates its 100G-enabled, award-winning fiber network with over 200 PoPs worldwide and undergoing continuous network expansion.

About TeliaSonera International Carrier

TeliaSonera International Carrier owns and operates one of the world’s most extensive fiber backbones. Our mission is to provide exceptional network infrastructure and services – empowering individuals, businesses and societies to execute their most critical activities. By working close to our customers, we make big ideas happen at the speed of fiber. Discover more at www.teliasoneraic.com.

About Omantel

Omantel is the pioneer of total communications solutions in the Sultanate of Oman with the widest choice of state of the art services with the broadest network coverage. As the only truly national network in Oman, Omantel offer innovative end-to-end communication solutions serving home, mobile, and business customers.

In the international wholesale arena, Omantel is considered one of the most prominent and competitive wholesale telecommunication providers in the Middle East region. In addition, it is one of the leading companies in the field of submarine cable networks and a key participant in several submarine cables as well with direct terrestrial links, which link Asia, Europe, and America passing through the Middle East region, meeting the international capacity requirements of clients locally and internationally, thereby sustaining the Company’s leading position among its competitors.

Omantel’s wholesale strategy is to be a carrier of carriers and to be the link between the East and the West for the region and beyond. For more information, please visit www.omantel.om.