The strategic location, political stability, historical legacy as well as being a peace-loving country have contributed to the Sultanate›s great importance, enabled it to enhance cultural communication and have created abundant business opportunities. All these factors have allowed Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) to become a regional hub of communication and a center for linking the north to the south and the east to the west.
The telecommunications sector plays a significant role at the international level. This sector has gained increased importance in the Sultanate during the past five decades during the inclusive developmental march led by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. This communication sector has linked all corners of the Sultanate together through an integrated network of fixed, mobile and optical communications, in addition to the internet that is provided through fiber optical technology stretching for thousands of kilometers.
Omantel committed to go far beyond connecting the Sultanate›s regions together to supporting sustainable development, enabling everyone to access telecommunications services, enhancing the Sultanate›s connectivity to the outside world, linking people to each other via investment, and participating in building up global submarine communication cable systems that are extended across seas and oceans to carry the communications and internet movement.
Oman›s position today as a regional and global telecommunications hub did not come by accident, but came as a result of a clear strategy and a long-envisaged company vision from the beginning that helped make Omantel the «Carrier of Carriers». This strategy resulted in the establishment by Omantel of five submarine communications cable anchorage points in the Sultanate that serve 14 global submarine cable systems. Also, Omantel acquired an international anchorage point in the French city of Marseilles – which is the first anchorage point owned by a Middle Eastern communication provider. This provides easy and quick access to data centers in the European Union. Omantel contributes, through its different investments, in connecting more than 120 cities in over 50 countries all over the world. This enables the company to serve more than two-thirds of the world population.
The submarine communication cables gained increased importance during the eighties and nineties of the past century, as carrying communications and data and constituting easier and more economical than satellites. Moreover, the submarine communications cables are environment-friendly, as buried deep in oceans and do not pose a threat or damage to the environment and marine life. Also, the life span of these cables is 25 years or more, which eliminates the need for replacement during this period, an essential issue in support of sustainable development goals, especially “Life Bellow Water”.
A reliable telecommunications infrastructure is a key point that leading investors take into consideration when making their investment decisions. This is what happened with Omantel when it managed to capture the content of the world’s largest content providers and made it better accessible for users, not only at Sultanate level but for all users across the Middle East and North Africa.
Omantel is in the process of aligning its network expansion plans with public development plans, especially for the special economic zones and the major development projects that now enjoy integrated telecommunication infrastructures, as is the case with the special economic zone of Duqm, the Salalah Free Zone, the Port and the Free Zone in Sohar, in addition to Muscat International Airport, which has attracted several international companies to invest in the Sultanate.
Omantel’s vision is to proceed with promoting cultural communication between the various countries of the world, looking forward to the future seriously to provide more to make our world more connected and more prosperous.