This year at Comex 2014 the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), along with Omantel and Nawras, has set up a Telecom Zone to highlight current initiatives undertaken in the telecom sector, among which is the TRA initiative to establish 200 telecom tower sites in 250 villages. In the Telecom Zone there will be four stations: the first station will highlight the afore-mentioned initiative; the second station will represent a geographic indication of the quality of telecom services; the third station will assist visitors to the Telecom Zone on developing awareness on how to select the most suitable telecom package to their needs and the fourth station will be a joint initiative with Cisco highlighting a system that creates greater accessibility for persons with disabilities, specifically the hearing and speech-impaired, to communicate their needs to an intermediary using sign-language who will then translate their request vocally.
Besides the Telecom Zone, TRA has various exciting experiences for visitors at Comex. TRA is planning to have a live setup of a TRA call center, where visitors may file complaints, pursue follow-ups and receive the assistance of TRA call center representatives. Additionally, TRA will hold sessions to clarify the misconception held by the public on the potential harm telecom towers may have which, as mistakenly perceived, are thought to result in health issues to those living near these transmitters. Furthermore, in a bid to increase awareness and highlight the importance of using original devices, TRA will exhibit original devices side-by-side with counterfeit ones and will involve visitors to the Telecom Zone in attempting to distinguish between the two while explaining the need to support original telecom products. Another avenue which TRA will be creating greater awareness on will be postal services as TRA also regulates postal services and as such the complaint process will be highlighted as well as other solutions for postal services in Oman.
For the business community, there will be a greater awareness on the necessity for commercial entities providing Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and In-Vehicle Monitoring Systems (iVMS) services to obtain the necessary authorizations from TRA, Additionally, the newly launched Advanced Automated Frequency Management System, which facilitates the provisions of radio and spectrum licenses will be highlighted and the benefits provided to the business community by this System. Finally, the winners in the nationwide (.om) and (.عمان)Competition which was conducted among higher-education students will be announced.