Ericsson signs network digitalisation deal with Omantel

The deal will allow Omantel to take advantage of a range of NFVI functionalities

Ericsson, Omantel, Telecoms, Network, 4G, 5G

Swedish tech giant, Ericsson, has renewed an agreement with Omantel to manage its multi-vendor 3G, 4G and 5G networks in Oman.

The deal will see Ericsson manage Omantel’s mobile networks for the next five years.

As part of the deal, Ericsson will provide a fully managed end-to-end multivendor operations service to include nationwide network operations, field support and maintenance for Omantel's fixed-line access, 2G, 3G, 4G and future 5G access.

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“Expanding our long-term partnership with Ericsson with the implementation of its innovative solutions is in line with our strategy to focus on our core business of providing a convergence of communications, and information to our customers and to deliver the best possible service to our growing customer base.  The deal covers network operations and field maintenance for Omantel's multivendor mobile networks, including access and core technologies. We at Omantel work with international companies such as Ericsson to bring extensive management Services expertise to our network,” said Talal Said Al Mamari, chief executive officer of Omantel.

The project will allow Omantel to take advantage of Network Functions Virtualization (NFVI) solutions, which allow the highest levels of automation and maintenance capabilities. Ericsson will also deploy automation platforms to allow Omantel to increase operational network efficiency and further enhance customer experiences for its subscribers.

“Today’s agreement reinforces our long-standing partnership and commitment to Omantel.  It will enable us to evolve Omantel’s network from network-centric to user-experience-centric network leveraging Ericsson’s automation use cases.  This will create a differentiated experience for Omantel’s subscribers,” said Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa.

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