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Oman Plans to Invest OMR450m to Modernise Telecom Services
Source: Times of Oman, http://www.timesofoman.com/article/71497/Business/Economy/Oman-plans-to-invest-OMR450m-to-modernise-telecom-services
Source Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: Oman
Created: Nov 12, 2015

Muscat: Oman will be spending OMR450 million over the next 10 years to improve telecommunication services in all governorates as it believes economic progress is linked with technological development, according to officials.
Technology touches people’s everyday lives and is essential for economic development, so the Sultanate is developing the infrastructure in this field, Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, chief executive officer of Oman’s Information Technology Authority (ITA), said on Tuesday.
He made the comment after inaugurating the seventh edition of the FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) Council Mena (Middle East and North Africa) Conference, attended by Ahmed Al Futaisi, minister of transport and communications, and a number of other officials and experts at Grand Hyatt Hotel.
The FTTH Council Mena is an industry organisation with a mission to accelerate the adoption of FTTH adoption by all broadband stakeholders through information and promotion, in order to accelerate the availability of fibre-based, ultra-high-speed access networks to consumers and businesses.
National strategy
Al Ruzaiqi said that the digital Oman strategy is being carried out with a focus on the development of social information, e-government, economy and infrastructure as well as the continuity of the developments.
He also noted that according to the United Nations (UN) e-government survey 2014, Oman has improved in the global ranking and stands at the 48th place in terms of e-readiness.
Speaking to reporters after the event, the official said that the objective is to expand fibre optic services and increase the broadband penetration, speed and accessibility as it will help facilitate business activities and increase the gross domestic product (GDP)
It was mentioned in the conference that some studies show for each 10 percent increase in broadband penetration, GDP increases by 1 per cent.
Investment
In a speech, Suleiman Al Hedaithy, chairman of FTTH Council Mena hailed the Omani government’s efforts and interest in the national broadband strategy, over which OMR450 million is being spent during the next 10 years to improve communications services across various governorates.
Ebrahim Al Haddad, regional director of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Arab Regional Office, said that ICT plays an important role in various fields, including health, education and environment.
The conference saw a panel of experts presenting their views on the key drivers for developing a national broadband strategy and giving attendees insight into the best practices for economic development and the strategic role played by the ICT industry in the process.
The conference will continue until November 11 under the theme ‘The Edge of a Brighter Tomorrow’. The FTTH Council Mena also announced their plans to hold the 8th edition of their annual conference in Tunisia in 2016.
The conference also included a ‘World of Applications’ session which showcased the latest applications and e-services by various companies in a dedicated area.
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