The TRA recognizes the need to increase the numbers of internet penetration to every home, school and business at affordable prices in order to facilitate the evolution of the current society to a knowledge based community. The TRA encourages setting up of Wi-Fi hotspots available for public with the help of licensed operators, service providers, and sponsorship of other government and private firms, all across the country.
After several open consultations and multiple feedback from the public, licensed telecom operators, and other government entities, a guidelines documents was developed for spreading and setting up of Wi-Fi-Public hotspots in the Sultanate. An initiative to deploy Wi-Fi hotspot services in public parks, starting in Muscat area, was started in cooperation with current operators and Muscat Municipalities. As of now, as per the initiative and with the help of operators, Omantel and Nawras, the following locations have be outfitted with providing free internet access to the public: Qurum Park, As-Sahwa Park in Mawaleh, and Corniche Road at the entrance of Mutrah Souq.