Omantel deploys Ciena’s technology to address growing digital needs

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Oman’s leading telecommunications company Omantel has implemented Ciena WaveLogic 5 Extreme 800G coherent optical technology to connect data centers, submarine cable landing stations, and telecom exchanges in various regions around the Sultanate.

According to the company statement, the upgrade allows Omantel to address the growing digital needs of businesses and consumers while also supporting hyperscalers’ growing network demands with 400GE connection, making it the first rollout of 800Gbps wavelengths in the MENA region.

This deployment supports Oman Vision 2040, which aims to diversify the economy by focusing on technology, knowledge, and innovation.

Samy Al Ghassany
Samy Al Ghassany
COO – Omantel

“Amidst the fast digital transformation in Oman, in line with the Sultanate’s Vision 2040 goals, we are witnessing a surge in bandwidth demand. Ciena’s 800G technology will help pave the way for enhanced high-speed network capabilities for our clients across the Sultanate on various domains like 5G, wholesale, cloud, ICT, and IoT services. As Omantel prepares its network to handle the next generation of connectivity, we actively collaborate with partners, like Ciena, to jointly architect a scalable and programmable network foundation so we can set the scene for a more digitally connected society.”

Mr. Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager, International at Ciena said, “As Omantel navigates its journey to implement 5G and other advanced technologies, there is a need for a network that can quickly adapt to fluctuating bandwidth demands. Ciena’s 800G technology not only helps Omantel prepare for the explosion of data that will come from 5G, but also drives greater network economics, reach, and power efficiency.”

Omantel is using Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) programmable 800G technology with an optical control plane for increased robustness over a 6500 reconfigurable line system.

“WL5e provides a step-function improvement in network performance and economic benefits, doubling wavelength capacity and halving space/power requirements compared to previous technology generations,” according to the statement. Further, Omantel is using Ciena’s Manage, Control, and Plan (MCP) domain controller.

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