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Oman 2018 | TELECOMS & IT | COLUMN

TBY talks to Maqbool Al Wahaibi CEO, Oman Data Park, on the sector.

Maqbool Al Wahaibi

What has Oman Data Park been working on lately?

Oman Data Park is a joint venture between Omantel and 4Trust LLC that has been operational since 2011 and is steadily growing. In 2017, we set up a platform called Momkin, which is a special network providing Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Our goal is to become the expert in smart city solutions, smart connectivity, and even smart homes in the region. IoT will greatly improve the lives of Omanis at large, not to mention minimize the operational responsibilities of the public sector whilst increasing the efficiency of their activities. As for individuals, we will help them in their day-to-day activities, especially with health and security. Efficiency and health are some of our priorities when it comes to IoT.

Which sectors are the most promising in terms of services?

Oil and gas and the agriculture sector are big in Oman, though they are largely underdeveloped and have significant room to grow. There are many solutions that could make utilities more efficient; this is where there are many verticals we need to tap into and have decided to concentrate on utilities first.