Awasr gets Grade 1 Licence, works to expand network

Muscat - 

Awasr, Oman’s first specialised broadband service provider, has been awarded a Class 1 Licence by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) after it met all requirements for amending the previous one. This new licence will now enable the operator to provide general fixed telephony services across the sultanate.

With the new licence, Awasr is building a robust and advanced dedicated network, capable of delivering high-speed fibre-optic Internet of up to 1Gbps, an official communique from the company said.

This service will be provided exclusively in the Omani market and the network will enable the operator to offer international call services.

Mohamad el Madhoun, commercial advisor, Awasr, said, “We were keen on meeting all the Class 1 Licence requirements, which reflects our continued commitment towards improving lifestyles and developing the Omani business environment, through delivering high-speed fiber-optic Internet to both citizens and expatriates.”

Issam al Ismaili, head of marketing, Awasr, said, “We have already begun working with our partners and concerned authorities to build a general telephony infrastructure covering the sultanate’s different governorates. We will deliver top-notch services at highly competitive prices to everyone, especially since affordability is one of Awasr’s core principles aiming to achieve sustainable development in the sultanate.”

With the new TRA licence, Awasr has committed to build network infrastructure in Muscat and the northern region, including the governorates of North and South Batinah, Dhahirah and Buraimi.

In south, the governorates to be covered include Dakhliyah, North and South Sharqiyah, Dhofar and Al Wusta. Awasr will also build an international gateway to provide high-end international telecommunications services, officials said.

Awasr officially launched its services early last month, in addition to announcing of pre-ordering 1Gbps service, becoming Oman’s first specialised broadband service provider.

Its services currently cover Al Khoudh, Mawaleh, Al Hail, Ma’abela and Shatti al Qurm in the first phase.

Having been awarded the Class 1 Licence, Awasr is working on a geographical expansion to cover the rest of the sultanate.

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