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Omantel Launches ‘Saloon Maan’ for Nationwide SME Videoconferencing

Omantel, the Sultanate’s first telecoms provider has recently launched ‘Saloon Maan’, an initiative that provides videoconferencing solutions for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) and the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada). Saloon Maan forms part of Omantel’s transformative 3.0 strategy to build digital society and to launch innovative business and eGovernment services throughout 2016 and beyond.

Commenting on Omantel’s partnership with OCCI and Riyada, Omantel CEO Talal Al Mamari noted, “We believe that through mobility and connectivity services, our society can be transformed. Joining hands with OCCI and Riyada represents a further step in the realization of our vision for Oman, to become a truly networked society, where every person and every industry is empowered to reach their full potential”.

“At Omantel, the SME sector is an area very close to our hearts and we have supported a number sector initiatives over the years. SME’s play a key role in the diversified economy of the future, so it is our responsibility as one of Oman’s largest brands to support their growth. We are pleased to join hands with OCCI and Riyada to present Saloon Maan, a tool that will help to facilitate the growth of individual businesses and thus the sector at large by assisting entrepreneurs to hold meetings remotely addition to online training and events.” Talal Said Al Mamari added.

“As we move towards an innovation based economy in Oman, it is imperative that entrepreneurs and small business operators have access to relevant digital services, independent of their location. In making this partnership with OCCI and Riyada, we plan to maintain and grow our position as the digital partner of choice in the Sultanate in the years ahead.” Omantel CEO commented.

Khalifa Said Al Abri, CEO of Riyada commented, “For us, it has always been an objective to establish videoconferencing facilities for our members throughout Oman, whereby SME representatives and entrepreneurs can connect with one another, attend lectures and easily talk with prospective customers or suppliers in Oman, or anywhere in the world. The medium of videoconferencing means that as well as voice capabilities, our members can show their products and visuals easily and speed up the discussion process.”

The Public Authority for Small & Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada) is the Sultanate’s arm for SME development and aims to strengthen their contribution to the local economy through a wide range of business advisory services and training programs. Riyada conducts various programs and events aimed to support and develop small & medium enterprises through support, consultancy, technical training courses, workshops, field visits and mentorship programs. In addition to organizing events that are aimed at promoting and marketing SME products and services.

“It is my belief that this initiative will bring forth greater levels of connectivity and productivity for our members, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Omantel team for their commitment on this initiative,” OCCI Vice Chairman for Administration and Finance, Redha Al Saleh commented.

Meanwhile, Laila Al Wahaibi, Omantel’s Manager CSR said “Under the terms of the partnership, we have installed videoconferencing capability in OCCI offices in Muscat, Salalah, Ibra and Sohar. Plus, one videoconferencing suite in the Riyada head office in Gala. The videoconferencing suites allow SME operators and aspiring Omani entrepreneurs to meet in a virtual environment without the need for out of town travel, making it convenient to attend lectures and briefings, as well as meeting prospective customers and suppliers - all via hi-definition videoconference hookup.”

Omantel is the Sultanate’s first 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. 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.