MUSCAT: Awasr, the sultanate’s only fibre optic broadband service provider on Monday signed pact with Oman Broadband Company (OBC) to roll out services from next year.

The pact will allow Awasr to launch its ultra-fast Internet services for homes and businesses across the country.

It will launch its services next year in Al Khoudh, Mawaleh, Al Hail, Shatti al Qurum, Ma’abela and Ghubra by accessing OBC’s fibre optic broadband network which reaches over 70,000 residential and business properties in Muscat.

The pact was signed by H H Sayyid Taimur bin Assad al Said, chairman of Awasr and Said bin Abdullah al Mantheri, chief executive officer of OBC under the auspices of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications.

Mantheri said, “We are excited to support a new service provider through our network. This is a strong example of how Oman’s national broadband strategy can make a difference. The ultimate aim of the strategy is to develop a shared telecom infrastructure that is utilised by all services providers in the country. This will allow them to focus on delivering smart services through a single network rather than investing their resources into building standalone networks. We are stronger together.”

Ghaith al Darmaki, project director, Awasr, said, “By providing services through OBC’s network, we can deliver considerably higher speeds and enhance the overall experience. Our cutting-edge technology will boost the sultanate’s digital infrastructure and act as an enabler for SME growth. Our teams have already started trial run in certain areas and has delivered connections of up to 1Gbps to our users.”

Garry Lewis, head of operations, Awasr, added, “Awasr will launch some of its high-speed services to home and business customers in early 2016, with additional product releases taking place throughout the year. Those interested will soon have a wide range of channels to obtain more details about the full scope of our broadband packages.”

Awasr has partnered with firms from across the globe to focus on quality and delivery. It has tied up with Singapore’s ViewQwest which has 13 years of experience as a broadband service provider.

Vignesa Moorthy, CEO of ViewQwest, said, “Our achievements can be attributed to our strategic vision in delivering premium value products.

“ViewQwest understands consumers’ need for speed and we have always been first in the race to offer the fastest broadband services in Singapore. We were the first to launch a 2Gbps home broadband service there. We are confident that Awasr is well-equipped to deliver new experiences to the Omani market.