The Sultanate of Oman has established itself as one of the most progressive telecom sectors in the region in terms of liberalization and promotion of competition in recent years. A total of six mobile network operators cater to a population of approximately four million. The market leader is Omantel, part of Oman Telecommunications Company, in which the government owns a 70% stake. It is followed by the Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company known as Ooredoo. Awasr is the third fixed network operator in Oman. The newly announced telecom operator, anchored by Vodafone Group, will bring about an overhaul in the Sultanate's telecom sector when it begins operating in 2020.

Read more: The evolution of Oman’s telecom industry

In the era of 5G and digitalization, telecom operators are seeking to modernize their networks and infrastructure to be able to cope with all the industry developments, notably increased demand for data. In order to upgrade their network infrastructure, operators are seeking OpenRAN technologies as a means to execute such an upgrade.

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stc Group CEO,  Nasser Sulaiman Al Nasser, announced that KSA holds a leading position globally in terms of communications infrastructure in general, and digital communications in particular. Al Nasser said that in 3 years, KSA has jumped from No. 105 to No. 10 globally at the end of 2019 in terms of internet speed according to the evaluations of the relevant international references. He added that stc's internet speed has multiplied 7 times over in 3 years.

Read more: KSA ranked No. 10 worldwide in terms of internet speed

As the coronavirus pandemic forces the closing of schools, universities and workplaces, remote working, e-learning and e-health have emerged as temporary solutions until economic and social life goes back to normal. Despite having a solution, it is noteworthy that such a solution is not available to everyone. This scenario has shed light on the digital gap that exists between different countries in the same region.

Read more: Tackling the digital divide in light of COVID-19

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