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50,000 new buildings to get fiber network: TRA

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Muscat: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) held an annual media meeting, on Wednesday, to review its achievements of 2022 and to discuss its upcoming plans.


Driven by its aim to enhance the spirit of partnership and transparency between the authority and the media channels, the annual meeting uncovered main services offered by the authority in telecommunications field.


Speaking on the achievements of the year 2022 at the annual briefing, Eng Omar Hamdan al Ismaili, CEO of TRA, said that 12 regulations issued this year to raise the quality of telecommunications services in the country.


Regarding the fiber optic services, Al Ismaili said nearly 75% of buildings are covered by fixed high-speed broadband, noting that over 600,000 buildings are covered by fiber services in 2022.


“There are plans to cover 50,000 new buildings in 2023 with optical fiber networks”, he added.


According to TRA, the 5G and optic fiber services cover about 94% of schools as the number of public schools whose services have been upgraded to fiber optics and 5G is 880.


The most important regulation issued in 2022 was regarding the voice or video communication services via the Internet Protocol, according to TRA.


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