Cable and Wireless Ltd in Oman

FCO 8/2228 1974 Jan 01 - 1974 Dec 31

This file concerns the activities of Cable and Wireless Limited (C & W) in Oman. It contains correspondence and other documents on:

  • The text of a contract between C & W and the Sultanate
  • The contacts between the chairman of C & W H G Lillecrap, the Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Saeed Al Said, the Minister of Communications Abdul Hafidh Saleem Rajab, Yahya Omar, the Ambassador D F Hawley, and the foreign secretaries Sir Alec Douglas-Home and James Callaghan
  • An incident in which the Minister of Communication’s telephone call is not connected, and he moves to arrest the night operator and the C & W representative Don Glashier
  • The competitive difficulties faced by C & W
  • Criticism of C & W, including for failure to train locals
  • The Government of Oman’s recruitment policy, its use of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for recruitment, and C & W’s reaction to this approach
  • A request for C & W to build an Earth Station in Oman; the company’s need for an extended licence to make the project viable
  • A proposal for C & W and the Sultanate to collaborate on a 51% - 49% basis
  • The integration of the two company-owned telephone systems, Muscat and Mutrah
  • A proposed collaboration between the ITU and the Ministry of Communications to set up a national telecommunications administration

The file also contains reference to:

  • The problems of International Aeradio Limited (IAL)
  • The supply by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) of BAC1-11 aircraft to Gulf Air
  • Power supply in Muscat