Free WiFi for everyone in Oman?

28 Jul 2018
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

We wish! But to set the ball rolling, the Ministry of Tourism is taking a step towards modernising certain tourist spots in the Sultanate by providing everyone with free internet. For now, the plan – which is in partnership with Omantel – is to set up free WiFi hotspots in select forts across the country.

After implementation, tourists will be able to access the internet via Omantel, and also “enjoy a new big-data based application that offers a comprehensive travel experience”.

As per the plan, the iconic Bahla Fort, and nine other forts, will be equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi connections.

In a statement to local media, Tourism Minister Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrizi, said: “The world continues to witness ongoing developments in telecommunications, and catching up with these developments is essential for Oman’s Tourism Strategy to meet its targets and increase the influx of tourists to the Sultanate.”

“By offering advanced technologies to tourists, we are helping them communicate more efficiently.

According to Nasser, Omantel has already expanded its network in some of the Sultanate’s most visited tourist attractions, such as Jebel Al Akhdar and Jebel Shams.

“And we are easing the process of making reservations, finding information, and travel maps. Tourists will also be able to document their journeys while in Oman, which will significantly help us in reaching out to a wider audience.

“We value this strategic partnership with Omantel, a leading company in the Sultanate that offers advanced telecommunication services including smart solutions, and we look forward to greater collaboration that will lead to the further enhancement of current services and bring in new services at various tourist destinations,” he added.

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