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Transborder radio interference affects 5G network in Oman

16 Jun 2020

The fifth generation (5G) networks affiliated with Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) and Oman Qatar Telecom (Ooredoo) have been significantly affected by transborder radio interference in some parts of the sultanate. 

Eng Yousef bin Abdullah al Balushi, vice president for Spectrum Affairs, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), stated that the authority issued a notice to inform users in the sultanate that the 5G networks of mobile operators in the sultanate (Omantel and Ooredoo) are affected due to external radio interference. 

He assured, “TRA has undertaken necessary measures to find the source of interference. It has made several field measurements in cooperation with  Omantel and Ooredoo. The licensed companies have also taken additional measures which are in direct coordination with companies licensed in countries of the region.” 

Eng Balushi said that TRA works continuously in coordination with the competent authorities in the region to resolve and end the damage to the fifth generation networks in the sultanate. 

He added, “TRA will discuss the latest developments related with this matter at the videoconferencing meet of the Technical Committee of the Technical Office of Communications of the GCC General Secretariat, to be held between June 23-24.  

“There are other countries in the region that have also suffered from the radio interference on 5G networks of its operators. The solution to these interference requires a concerted effort and coordination to quickly find the source of the interference,” he said. 

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