90% of Muscat to covered by optic fibre in 2020
The 7th Edition of the FTTH Council MENA Conference was inaugurated by Dr Ahmed BIN Mohammed al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications at the Grand Hyatt, Muscat today.
Following the opening ceremony, keynote speeches were delivered by influential decision makers in the ICT industry including Dr. Salim Sultan al-Ruzaiqi, CEO of the Information Technology Authority, Ibrahim al-Haddad, Regional Director of the ITU Arab Regional Office &, and Dr. Suleiman al-Hedaithy, Chairman FTTH Council MENA.
The Conference also included a “World of Applications” session, which showcased the latest applications and e-services by various companies in a dedicated area.
Dr Suleiman Al-Hedaithy, Chairman FTTH Council MENA explained that the decision of the Council to hold the 7th Edition of the FTTH Conference in Oman this year was to mark the extraordinary efforts taken by the government and leading ICT stakeholders in introducing fiber optics infrastructure within the region.
He commented “A range of government initiatives are driving ICT adoption in Oman, with a vision set towards becoming a knowledge-based economy. The ICT market in Oman is progressing rapidly, particularly the recent push towards a fiber-based national fixed broadband Infrastructure. FTTH, the new generation of broadband, will provide the Omani market with unmatched benefits and reliability allowing for ultra-fast internet connectivity and content-rich applications that require high bandwidth and speeds. In this regard, the support of the Omani Government and related parties have not gone unnoticed”.
Dr Suleiman Al-Hedaithy also commended the efforts of the Oman Broadband Company (OBC) in its plans to facilitate the development of the new fiber-based national broadband network. “OBC is already making progress. The company has signed agreements with Omantel and Ooredoo last April and with Awasr last night; which I had the pleasure of attending. OBC is focused in making broadband more affordable and expanding coverage of its existing fiber network to a further 130,000 homes and business in the capital Muscat by the end of 2016. It is estimated that over 90% of the Governorate of Muscat by 2020; and most of the other urban areas outside Muscat will be covered by fiber optic by the end of 2030. The ultimate target is to connect all homes and businesses to the national broadband network across the Sultanate by 2040”
The FTTH Council Middle East and North Africa is an industry organization with a mission to accelerate FTTH adoption by all broadband stakeholders through information and promotion, in order to accelerate the availability of fiber-based, ultra-high-speed access networks to consumers and businesses.#Muscat Municipality, Muscat