R&M’s proprietary Cat. 6 UTP connectivity technology

R&M’s proprietary Cat. 6 UTP connectivity technology

R&M wins Panorama contract in Oman

The cable firm’s competitive advantages, including its fine global reputation and local support, helped it clinch the deal

April 2014

Reichle & De-Massari (R&M), the Swiss structured cabling specialist, has announced it has been contracted to deliver a high-performance, end-to-end cabling infrastructure solution for the Panorama commercial and residential project in Oman comprising R&M’s proprietary Cat.6 UTP connectivity technology. The high-performance cabling solution for voice, video and data transmission will provide the backbone for the delivery of reliable, secure and high-speed internet, IPTV, CCTV, videoconferencing and similar modern-day communication applications.

The Panorama project involves construction of a commercial and residential complex consisting of seven towers, each comprising two basement levels, a ground floor and seven additional floors. Two towers are for five-star hotels, each offering 140 rooms, four are for serviced apartments and one is for office premises. This complex will also include a shopping mall, three cinema halls, food courts, a library, a health club and lifestyle stores. Panorama will be situated in the Al Khuwair commercial district of Muscat, near Ruwi, the central business district of the country. Allied Real Estate LLC, an established Omani real estate company owned by Sheikh Salim bin Ali al Siyabi, a prominent business leader in Oman, is behind the project.

The cabling solution comprises 4,500 points of R&M Cat.6 copper cables enabling up to 1 Gbe connectivity and supporting applications with bandwidth of up to 450 MHz. Installation of the R&M cables which is expected to be completed soon, is being carried out by the cabling vendor’s partner, Al Jassar Telecom (AJT), a company that has been providing high quality ICT products and services to the industrial and construction sectors in the Sultanate of Oman for nearly two decades.

Sunil Nair, business head at Al Jassar Telecom, says, “As an ELV system integrator our responsibility was to design, supply, install, test, commission and maintain the whole ELV system for the Panorama project. The challenge was to provide world class products at a competitive price. Despite the fact that there were a number of cabling vendors shortlisted for the project, R&M was chosen because of various competitive advantages such as the presence and support of R&M’s local team, the company’s reputation for Swiss quality products, a 25-year system warranty, excellent design consultancy and last but not the least highly competitive pricing. We are confident that the installed R&M products will not only meet, but also exceed the expectations of Panorama.”

AJT has signed a five-year annual maintenance contract (AMC) with the project developers and a dedicated team of trained engineers will ensure that the infrastructure operates at the highest levels of efficiency and performance. Once the implementation is complete AJT will also provide training to the technical staff that will be employed within the various towers.

“Oman is a very important market for R&M and we are building up a strong portfolio of very good reference projects, the latest being Panorama,” said Samuel Godfrey, country manager, Oman at R&M.  

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