Third mobile operator license in final stage: TRA
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced that the license for Oman’s third mobile communication operator is in final stage and the announcement in this regard will be made in early 2019.
The announcement was made by Eng Yousef bin Abdullah al Balushi, deputy CEO for spectrum management affairs at TRA, during the draw which was organised by TRA for the frequency domain 3400-3700 megahertz (MHz) at Kempinski Hotel Muscat.
The frequency will be distributed onto mobile operators in Oman to be used in operating 5G, 100MHz for each company. As per the outcome of the draw, Omantel was allocated the frequency from 3400 to 3500, Ooredoo from 3500 to 3600 and the third operator from 3600 to 3700, as per TRA’s rules and regulations.
Oman’s government in October 2017 had decided that the country’s third mobile operator should be a consortium of local partners.
In a statement to Oman News Agency, Balushi said that all the domains and frequencies for the third operator will be ready and will be granted the same way with Omantel and Ooredoo. “The aim of this process is to create a competitive atmosphere to provide better services at reasonable rates for all parties.”
He said the TRA will allocate the frequency domain 3400-3700MHz after coordination with the Ministry of Finance.
Balushi said that TRA is deeply interested in the 5G and closely follows the studies and experiences in different parts of the world. “5G technology will ensure transfer of data at a super speed and will reduce response time. It will also provide enough capacity for huge number of devices connected to the Internet. It will also enhance customer experience and promote new initiatives such as Smart Cities and Internet of Things.”
He said TRA has set up a national team for 5G mobile communication. The team comprises members from the
Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Muscat Municipality, Dhofar Municipality and Sohar Municipality in addition to mobile service operators in the Sultanate of Oman.
“The team seeks to develop a roadmap to introduce 5G services in Oman before 2020 in addition to preparing a comprehensive plan for the systems. The team is making great efforts to enhance joint cooperation among different stakeholders to ensure the success of 5G technology in Oman at earliest,” he added.