Verscom Solutions wins major next-generation network contract with Oman’s first alternative public international voice

Groundbreaking Next-Generation Solutions Provider Stamps its Market Leadership Position in Emerging Markets in the Middle East with a Premier Contract with Oman’s First Alternative Public International Voice Operator Samatel.

Verscom Solutions, a leading developer of next-generation network and service infrastructure solutions, today announced it has signed a major contract with Samatel of Oman to supply next-generation IP and voice network gears and to provide managed services and strategic consultancy services.

Samatel was recently awarded the highest degree license by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Oman authorizing Samatel as the third operator after the incumbent Omantel and its rival Nawras. Samatel has been actively offering mobile services to Oman since August 2010 after having been awarded a CLASS II license enabling it as an MVNO. The new CLASS I type license will additionally allow the provision of national and international voice services and requires the deployment of a physical retail traffic origination and wholesale traffic aggregation infrastructure.

“Samatel has become the third full-fledged licensed operator within a short span of six months after the launch as an MVNO in the Sultanate in August 2010. At Samatel, We strongly believe that real business success is not just about profits measured in numbers but also, as importantly, about how those numbers are achieved. Our corporate strategy reflects our commitment to sustainable business practices and balancing responsibility alongside growth and productivity. We are working not only for the success of our company but for the success of our nation” said SH. Khalid Al Mataani, Chairman of Samatel

In addition to offering international voice services to consumer and enterprise segments in Oman, Samatel will also operate as an International Gateway Operator to aggregate inbound and outbound wholesale voice traffic for Oman. As its exclusive strategic partner, Verscom Solutions will be responsible for the supply and deployment of next-generation CLASS 4 core in Oman TDM / packet-voice interconnect POPs in Europe, thus enabling Samatel with national and international TDM / IP voice peering facilities to interconnect with Omani network operators as well as international wholesale operators. International voice service offerings for retail market will be enabled on Verscom’s SIP-based service delivery platform. The supply of OSS / BSS platforms such as convergent billing, CRM, interconnect billing/routing are also among the responsibilities of Verscom.

“We are committed to help drive Oman’s ongoing growth and to fertilizing the country’s telecommunications market by providing new levels of service quality and affordability to people of Oman. After carrying out extensive & exhaustive market research we have focused on the potential customers likes & dislikes and incorporated them into our objectives & services.  We will penetrate specific underserved market segments by offering differentiated services that are easy, efficient & economical. We will differentiate ourselves in the telecommunications industry by offering instantaneously available products & services with no frills approach. The first milestone was the successful delivery of mobile services license but our new CLASS I license will be the real stepping stone for our long-term strategy.” said Dr. Wael Taher, Chief Executive Officer of Samatel. Dr. Wael continued “We will pioneer the transformation of the telecom landscape in Oman by successive investments to different verticals. Naturally we sought a strategic partner that offers not only the best, most profitable infrastructure solutions but also commitment and integrity. I am very pleased to work with Verscom Solutions, a team of uniquely knowledgeable and experienced professionals and of individuals who are aligned with Samatel’s core values”

Verscom Solutions had provided Samatel with deregulatory and technology consultancy services during the licensing phase. In addition to the supply of NGN gears, the new contract also broadens the scope of the management consultancy engagements with joint activities like market entry planning, marketing strategy development, costing and profitability modeling, pricing strategies, and consumer, enterprise, wholesale product development.
“We are thrilled to be witnessing the first stages in the deregulation of the Oman Telecommunications sector and proud to have been chosen as the preferred partner for Samatel, for such an epic event.” said Gurkan Ozturk, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing for Verscom. “With their investment power, forward-thinking executive management team and their corporate governance practices, Samatel is well positioned to reach their long term objectives which is first transforming Oman telecommunications and then extending their operations to regional countries. We started this exciting journey together and now we look forward to continuing to assist them create a regional success story as they establish themselves as a leading provider of international gateway services in Oman.”

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