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5G technology coming to Oman soon

Oman’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority is reportedly planning to roll out 5G international mobile data telecommunications networks in Oman.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has established a national team which will develop a 5G strategy and facilitate the network deployment in the sultanate.

The team will also aim to address the likely challenges that surface during implementation.

Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Rumhi, chairman of TRA, stated that the authority has established a national level team for the fifth generation (5G) of the international mobile telecommunication (IMT). “The 5G national team includes members from TRA and the mobile network operators in the sultanate, who aim to develop a 5G strategy that will facilitate the 5G-network deployment in Oman and will address the likely challenges that surface during implementation.”

The TRA is also planning a 5G congress to be held later this year in Muscat. The first 5G-capable phones will start to appear early next year. Major 5G deployments starting this year is expected to result in surge in mobile data traffic, with North American markets leading the charge. Globally, major 5G deployments are expected from 2020 onwards. Ericsson forecasts more than 1bn 5G subscriptions by the end of 2023, accounting for around 12 per cent of all mobile subscriptions.

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