Earlier today, around midday, the Omantel telecom system appeared to suffer a massive shut down, and shortly afterwards, Ooredoo banged offline too. Ooredoo came back intermittently and people were able to make calls to other Ooredoo customers around 1pm, with full capacity (including Internet back) around 3pm. Landlines and ATMs were down (no banking) and no Internet was available at all for some time, not even the emergency number (9999) was working. At the time of writing, nearly 5pm, Omantel services are still not restored.
I was under the impression that Ooredoo and Omantel had their own connectivity to the world outside Oman, so it seems a little weird that we'd lose both within Oman and outside Oman communications, and that both networks went down at the same time.
My guess is that this shutdown may have been an accident and someone pushed the wrong button!
What do you think?