Shar­qiyah Ex­press­way to get mo­bile cov­er­age

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The 191km long Shar­qiyah Ex­press­way that will open for traf­fic on Mon­day (Jan­uary 20) will get mo­bile con­nec­tiv­ity by the end of the month, the Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (TRA) has said.

The ex­press­way which starts from Bid­bid in Dakhliyah, pass­ing through the Al Uq area and end­ing in Al Kamil W’Al Wafi in South Shar­qiyah, also has a 1,400m tun­nel, the long­est in the sul­tanate, apart from an­other 600m long one in Nadab.

Ac­cord­ing to TRA, more than 90 per cent of the Shar­qiyah Ex­press­way will be cov­ered by ba­sic mo­bile (voice) ser­vices by the end of this month. ‘The tele­com com­pa­nies will pro­vide nec­es­sary so­lu­tions to cover the tun­nels by in­stalling ex­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion sta­tions on both sides of each tun­nel to en­sure the avail­abil­ity of the ser­vice.’

TRA added that it is cur­rently work­ing to en­hance the cov­er­age on the ex­press­way by build­ing 20 ad­di­tional mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tion sta­tions to pro­vide voice and high-speed In­ter­net ser­vices.

TRA, headed by its CEO Dr Ha­mad bin Salem al Rawahi, had un­der­taken a field visit to the ex­press­way re­cently along with the sec­tor part­ners Oman Tower Com­pany, Oman­tel, Oore­doo and Voda­fone Oman to en­sure proper com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture on the road.

To com­ple­ment the im­ple­men­ta­tion of what was agreed upon dur­ing the visit, the au­thor­ity held a meet­ing with business part­ners headed by Eng Yousef bin Ab­dul­lah al Balushi, deputy CEO for spec­trum man­age­ment af­fairs, TRA, to dis­cuss ur­gent so­lu­tions and de­fine the roles of each party and ex­pe­dite the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ser­vices be­fore open­ing of the road.

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