Omantel has joined the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) in an effort to promote and develop TD-LTE technology alongside 19 global telecoms operators. The GTI was founded by China Mobile, Vodafone, Clearwire, Bharti Airtel, Softbank Mobile, Aero2 and E-Plus earlier this year to create value for stakeholders across the TD-LTE ecosystem. Omantel has so far conducted two trials of TD-LTE technology.
Omantel – the Sultanate’s largest telecom provider - has recently
joined hands with globally leading operators to promote the TD-LTE
ecosystem as a major broadband technology and drive the additional
development of TD-LTE networks.
The Global TD-LTE Initiative was founded by China Mobile, Vodafone,
Clearwire, Bharti Airtel, Softbank Mobile, Aero2 and E-Plus and was
announced at the GSMA conference in Barcelona early this year.
LTE is an advanced technology family that provides consumers with
high speed wireless broadband services. It has been already launched in
its first version (referred as FD-LTE) in 15 countries. In 2011, the
second version of the technology (referred to as TD-LTE) has matured
and is on its way to be launched in 10 countries.
The prime objective behind the formation of GTI is to harmonize LTE
technologies. Such efforts are well underway following GTI’s first
working meeting held in China last April. 15 operators from America,
Asia, Middle East, and Europe attended the session.
Commenting on this occasion, Lars O Gustafsson Vice President of
Business Development Unit at Omantel said: "We are extremely pleased to
continue to lead the introduction of TD-LTE in the region, now also
being the first Arab telecom operator to join this global initiative.
Additionally, joining GTI will help Omantel benefit from the
experiences of other leading international operators, involving studies,
planning, test and, commercialization".
“Omantel conducted the first trial of TD-LTE technology during
Salalah Tourism Festival 2010 and the second trial during the latest
ICT exhibition (Comex 2011). The results were very encouraging with
speeds reaching more than 100 Mbps. Now with the technology getting
commercially ready and the commitment made by world’s leading operators
to the deployment of TD-LTE, we are more confident than ever that we
are moving in the right direction” Lars added.
As part of its activities to promote the TD-LTE technology, GTI will
organize a series of activities to bring TD-LTE operators and vendors
together to share development strategies and technology know-how,
expediting the development of terminals and fostering global broadband
roaming and low-cost terminals. Now having joined GTI, Omantel will
both seek to contribute to the development of TD LTE and to leverage the
technology, alongside other complimentary technologies, to make
broadband services something all in Oman can access and use.