The intention is to pilot a higher-speed broadband service in rural places, matching the solutions obtainable in the metros, in order to assist close the digital divide.
Deploying the infrastructure in rural and remote places of Oman presents large challenges, each in terms of its technical and financial feasibility that OBC has to overcome with the collaboration of technologies and partners offering the proper answer and assistance. Within the framework of the collaboration established in between OBC and Inster for the assessment of deploying new generation access network by way of wireless indicates intended for places exactly where the fibre to the premises (FTTP) network situation shows small feasibility, OBC has identified a quantity of rural and remote places with poor broadband service with the intention of verifying, in a actual atmosphere, the feasibility of the broadband Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) answer created by Inster.
The planned pilot project must be capable to collect details and intelligence on important elements of the programme, such as the viability of the answer in rural mountainous places, the obtainable service qualities, the interest of finish customers in rural places, its affordability and the price structures to allow an general enterprise case. At the finish of the pilot project, a joint report would be drafted and submitted to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Oman.
One of the important elements of the pilot project is that OBC will provide to the service providers a wholesale bitstream service, comparable to the ones defined to unbundle FTTP access networks. This rural broadband service will not only consist of the access segment, but also transport, thanks to the nationwide backhaul network that it is getting deployed.
Information Source: Muscat Daily