New tech to boost ru­ral in­ter­net speed

Times of Oman - - OMAN/WORLD -

BARCELONA: Oman Broad­band Com­pany and Span­ish com­pany In­ster Tec­nolo­gia y Co­mu­ni­ca­ciones signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) for launch­ing a ru­ral wire­less broad­band ser­vice pi­lot us­ing In­ster’s cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy in a number of ru­ral and re­mote lo­cal­i­ties of Oman.

The in­ten­tion is to pi­lot a high speed broad­band ser­vice in the ru­ral ar­eas, match­ing the ser­vices avail­able in the metro ar­eas, in or­der to help close the dig­i­tal di­vide. De­ploy­ing the in­fra­struc­ture in the ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas of Oman presents big chal­lenges, both in terms of its tech­ni­cal and eco­nomic fea­si­bil­ity that OBC has to over­come. OBC and In­ster will to­gether as­sess de­ploy­ing new gen­er­a­tion ac­cess net­work via wire­less means in­tended for ar­eas where the fiber to the premises (FTTP) net­work sce­nario shows lit­tle fea­si­bil­ity, OBC has al­ready iden­ti­fied a number of ru­ral and re­mote lo­ca­tions with poor broad­band ser­vice.

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