PDO, Oman Tower Co sign deal to use 63 self-supporting towers

MoU also covers new structures that are currently under construction, and is expected to boost coverage in oil fields

PDO and Oman Tower Co's deal will boost oil field coverage.
PDO and Oman Tower Co's deal will boost oil field coverage.

Oman’s state-owned Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) will use 63 self-supporting towers of Oman Tower Company, as well as other telecoms structures under construction to improve coverage in oil fields, under a revenue sharing agreement signed between both firms.

Oman Tower Company will, in turn, use PDO’s spare tower capacity, dependent on availability.

Through the agreement, the energy company is also granted access to towers owned and operated by Oman Tower Company and other government entities.

Oman Tower Company has the license to commercialise and rent used spaces on towers in the sultanate.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by chief information and digitisation officer at PDO, Eng Hassan al-Barwan, and managing director of Oman Tower Company, Eng Majid al-Kharousi.

PDO owns and operates some of Oman’s largest telecommunication infrastructure, which extends from the company’s headquarters in Muscat’s Mina Al Fahal to its 90,000km2 Block 6 concession area in the sultanate.

More than half of these towers have, to date, rarely been used, because of technology advancements that have seen the shift from radio to fibre transmission, the state-held Oman News Agency reported.

Oman Tower Company was formed in February 2018 as a joint venture between Oman 70 Holding Company, Activ Co, and the Government of Oman, represented by Oman Broadband Company, according to a report by Times of Oman.

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