Omantel and SUBCO Elevate their Relationship to the Next Level
Muscat, Oman and Brisbane, Australia – June 12, 2022 – Oman Telecommunications Company [Omantel], Oman's first and leading integrated telecommunications services provider and SUBCO [SUBCO] have recently entered into a large capacity agreement for connectivity between Oman and various key telecom hubs in Europe through Omantel’s extensive subsea network. Through this arrangement, Omantel will be providing ultra-high capacity connectivity from Muscat to SUBCO’s new PoP’s in London, Milan and Marseille effectively extending the Oman Australia Cable (OAC), due to be RFS in Q3, 2022, from Australia to Oman and all the way to Europe.
Speaking about Oman Australia Cable, Talal Said Al Mamari - Omantel Chief Executive Officer said “We are proud to have been the landing partner for the successfully landed OAC, achieving another key addition in our vision for Oman to be the leading gateway to the region and beyond. Our motto in Omantel’s Wholesale is Reach Further which is something we truly live, and today we see yet another demonstration of fulfilling this mission by enabling our partners in SUBCO to reach further through Omantel’s extensive network”.
“OAC is going to contribute in changing the landscape of the Wholesale industry and take our collaboration to the next level. Omantel was the Wholesale partner of choice for OAC and has attracted more and more international partners like SUBCO to work and collaborate with us”, Al Mamari further added.
Bevan Slattery, SUBCO’s Founder commented “I am so excited to see our vision of the first truly diverse route between Asia and the Middle East and now Europe coming to fruition and our relationship with Omantel has been pivotal in helping us to reach further. With the OAC only a few months away from RFS, having this capacity in place to extend our reach into Europe is important to further enable our capability and addressable market.
Omantel and SUBCO are in the process of completing provisioning and handover of the capacity in readiness for OAC service commencement. The parties are also exploring further options to expand their collaboration and to include other upcoming systems to provide further capability and diversity for OAC. The system also leverages on being extended into the Equinix MC1 facility in Oman, which is the first carrier-neutral data center in MENA which successfully positioned Oman as the natural hosting location for major hyperscalers and tier 1 service providers in the region. This ensures open access to the OAC system and hence further increases the potential of the project. Future phases of OAC include a possible extension to the newly announced Equinix SN1 data center in Salalah and even beyond.
About the Oman Australia Cable
The Oman Australia Cable (OAC) a 10,000km undersea cable between Muscat, Oman and Perth, Australia built and operated by SUBCO. OAC is the first fully diverse cable between EMEA and Asia that avoids the Malacca Strait, a narrow stretch of water between Indonesia and Malaysia that has a high level of seismic and marine activity causing regular outages on submarine cables and a single point of geographical risk. OAC is due to be ready for service in July 2022.
About Omantel’s Wholesale
Omantel Wholesale is the international and domestic wholesale arm of Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G. (Omantel), the first and leading integrated telecommunications service provider in Oman.
Founded in 1970, Omantel is a joint-stock company listed in Muscat Securities Market and is 51% owned by Oman Investment Authority (OIA), a wholly owned investment arm of the Omani government.
Omantel has investments in 20+ submarine cable systems globally. 5 unique submarine cable landing stations in Oman and Outbound connectivity of multiple terrestrial links to neighboring countries. It is the first and only GCC carrier to land a submarine cable in Europe.
Omantel’s Wholesale capitalizes on ultra-low latency networks to enable innovation and digital transformation globally, utilizing Oman’s geographic advantage at the absolute nexus of the east, west, north, and south to enable its customers and partners to deliver their services with the best possible end-user experience.
For more information, please visit www.omantel.om/Wholesale
Founded by industry veteran Bevan Slattery, SUBCO is a specialist consulting and investment company focusing on assisting the development of submarine cable projects and potentially investing in specialist projects alongside infrastructure investment partners.
Previous projects undertaken by the management team include Sydney to Guam Cable (PPC-1), Sydney to Los Angeles (Endeavour & AAG), Singapore to Perth Cable (Indigo West) and Australia’s first transcontinental fibre optic submarine cable (Indigo Central).
For more information, please visit https://sub.co/