Oman telecom firm Omantel unveils new initiative to support tech startups

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Oman’s leading telecommunications company Omantel has launched the ‘Omantel Innovation Labs’ in order to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in new and emerging technologies.

Under this new initiative, Omantel will use its expertise, alliances, reach, and access to technology to build a tech-based startup ecosystem.

Omantel Innovation Labs’ main goal is to develop entrepreneurial skills in young people and accelerate the growth of relevant Oman-based technology firms in five technological areas, such as 5G, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, Customer Experience Technology, and Big Data.

The Innovation Labs, which are located in a 1100m2 facility at Omantel’s Muscat headquarters, will organize, participate in, and host a variety of activities to support the company’s internal innovation agenda by providing systematic spaces, approaches, events, and activities that can speed product conceptualization, prototyping, testing, and deployment of solutions to Sultanate and Omantel-centric challenges.

Talal Said Al Mamari
Talal Said Al Mamari
CEO – Omantel

“We want to support and tap into new ideas and technologies, stay ahead of the curve, and drive local innovation. For this, we need to optimally deploy our resources and create an environment wherein caliber and opportunities match national digital transformation goals. Omantel Innovations Labs have been conceptualized and designed to fit perfectly into this ecosystem and aim to put the company at the heart of Oman’s emerging culture of entrepreneurial growth, knowledge sharing, collaboration, and economic development through digitization.”

Omantel has demonstrated the potential for creativity with frontier technologies in a number of recent projects that improve operational efficiency and add excitement to routine activities. “Omantel has piloted two major 5G projects in Oman’s transport and logistics sector that offer showcase the use of 5G infrastructure beyond network speed and efficiency but also brings more accountability and streamlining to port operations,” as per the statement.

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