Omantel Becomes the First Arab Telecom Company To Join Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI)

Omantel, the Sultanate’s largest telecom provider – has recently joined hands with globally leading operators to promote the TD-LTE ecosystem as a major broadband technology and drive the additional development of TD-LTE networks. The Global TD-LTE Initiative was founded by China Mobile, Vodafone, Clearwire, Bharti Airtel, Softbank Mobile, Aero2 and E-Plus and was announced at the GSMA conference in Barcelona early this year.

LTE is an advanced technology family that provides consumers with high speed wireless broadband services. It has been already launched in its first version (referred as FD-LTE) in 15 countries. In 2011, the second version of the technology (referred to as TD-LTE) has matured and is on its way to be launched in 10 countries. The prime objective behind the formation of GTI is to harmonize LTE technologies. Such efforts are well underway following  GTI’s first working meeting held in China last April. 15 operators from America, Asia, Middle East, and Europe attended the session.

Commenting on this occasion, Lars O Gustafsson Vice President of Business Development Unit at Omantel said: “We are extremely pleased to continue to lead the introduction of TD-LTE in the  region, now also being the first Arab telecom operator to join this global initiative. Additionally, joining GTI will help Omantel benefit from the experiences of other leading international operators, involving studies, planning, test and   commercialization”.

“Omantel conducted the first trial of TD-LTE technology during Salalah Tourism Festival 2010 and the second trial during the latest ICT exhibition (Comex 2011). The results were very encouraging with speeds reaching more than 100 Mbps. Now with the technology getting commercially ready and the commitment made by world’s leading operators to the deployment of TD-LTE, we are more confident than ever that we are moving in the right direction” Lars added.

As part of its activities to promote the TD-LTE technology, GTI will organize a series of activities to bring TD-LTE operators and vendors together to share development strategies and technology know-how, expediting the development of terminals and fostering global broadband roaming and low-cost terminals. Now having joined GTI, Omantel will both seek to contribute to the development of TD LTE and to leverage the technology, alongside other complimentary technologies, to make broadband services something all in Oman can access and use.

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