Omantel, Ericsson put mmWave to the test in Muscat

14 June 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Omantel has successfully tested the 5G high band at its headquarters in Madinat al Irfan, Muscat, under the supervision of Oman's regulator, TRA.

Conducting the tests with Ericsson, Omantel said it used the mmWave, bandwidth and "demonstrated enhanced network capabilities" that can now be rolled out to for consumers and businesses across the Sultanate.

Abdullah Al-Balushi, country manager of Ericsson Oman said: “5G is ready to transform industries and society. Omantel will enjoy a boost in capacity and multi-gigabit speeds over-the-air with fixed wireless access. Ericsson’s millimeter wave technology supports Omantel in achieving record-breaking peak data rates and massive 5G capacity paving the way to enable Oman Vision 2040.”

The trial demonstrated Omantel’s ability to deliver multi-gigabit speeds to end-users with eight cell carrier aggregation functionalities using Ericsson’s state-of-the-art Street macro mmWave solution and advanced 5G software features.

The trial used a carrier bandwidth of 800MHz at 26GHz.

Dr. Ali Al Hashmi GM of networks at Omantel said: “mmWave 5G technology is a cornerstone of upcoming 5G networks, allowing for faster data speeds and much higher bandwidth than ever before. The success of 5G test with Ericsson paves the way for many more applications as 5G has opened up possibilities of newer, smarter solutions in every area of daily life and business. Omantel is happy to have partnered with Ericsson for this and look forward to exciting new applications as Oman Vision 2040 opens a new chapter in Oman’s ICT landscape”.