Oman - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

MVNOs are making an impact in Oman

The mobile sector in Oman has become more and more competitive in recent years, due to both the market becoming saturated as well as the rise of MVNOs.

The two mobile operators, Omantel and Ooredoo Oman, are beginning to feel the impact of the MVNOs with both Friendi and Renna capturing more and more subscriber market share each year. In particular, Omantel has seen its market share of mobile subscribers decline by around 5.5% over the past 5 years or so, compared to the resellers which have grown market share by around 5%. The resellers are proving popular amongst a lower-income and younger demographic.

Competition for the established mobile operators may increase further with a third mobile network operator (MNO) license up for tender in 2017. At least four operators have expressed an interest in bidding for the license.

There has also been a recent and renewed push towards improving fixed broadband infrastructure for Oman - particularly fibre-based networks. As part of it National Broadband Strategy, Oman Broadband Company (OBC) hopes to have all homes and businesses connected to its national broadband infrastructure by 2040.

Key developments:

  • There is a third mobile network operator (MNO) license up for tender in Oman in 2017.
  • Omantel’s fixed lines revenue is decreasing as Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) takes place.
  • The royalty fee payable by Oman’s telecom operators was raised in early 2017.
  • Microwave backhauling was being trialled in Oman in 2016.
  • Integrated Telecommunications Oman (TeO) acquired the MVNO, Renna, in mid-2016.
  • The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has approved the Access and Interconnection (A&I) Regulation which aims to make market entry easier for new players in order to promote competition.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel); Oman Mobile; Ooredoo Oman; Oman Broadband Company (OBC); FRiENDi, Majan Telecom (Renna); Integrated Telecommunications Oman (TeO); Awasr-Oman.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
    • 2.1 Country overview
  • 3. Telecommunications market
    • 3.1 Market Overview
    • 3.2 Market analysis
    • 3.3 Recent developments
  • 4. Regulatory environment
    • 4.1 Historic overview
    • 4.2 Revision of the telecommunication regulatory law – 2011-2015
    • 4.3 Regulatory authority
    • 4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Oman
      • 4.4.1 ISP licences
      • 4.4.2 Second fixed-line licence
      • 4.4.3 Third fixed-line licence
    • 4.5 Privatisation
      • 4.5.1 Omantel restructure
      • 4.5.2 IPO sale 2005
      • 4.5.3 Further share sales
    • 4.6 Interconnect
    • 4.7 Access
    • 4.8 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
    • 4.9 Royalty fees
  • 5. Competition issues
    • 5.1 Market competitiveness report
  • 6. Fixed network operators in Oman
    • 6.1 Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel)
    • 6.2 Ooredoo Oman (previously Nawras Telecom)
    • 6.3 Awasr
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Alternative infrastructure
    • 7.2 National broadband strategy
    • 7.3 International infrastructure
      • 7.3.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.3.2 Satellite networks
    • 7.4 IT developments
      • 7.4.1 Data centres
      • 7.4.2 Cloud computing
  • 8. Smart infrastructure
    • 8.1 Smart grids
    • 8.2 Smart cities
  • 9. Broadband access market
    • 9.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 9.1.1 Internet and broadband statistics
    • 9.2 Fibre to the Home (FttH)
    • 9.3 Wireless broadband
      • 9.3.1 WiFi
      • 9.3.2 WiMAX
  • 10. Digital economy
    • 10.1 Introduction
      • 10.1.1 Start-up incubator: Knowledge Oasis Muscat
    • 10.2 e-Commerce
    • 10.3 e-Banking
    • 10.4 e-Government
    • 10.5 e-Health
    • 10.6 e-Education
  • 11. Digital media
    • 11.1 Introduction
    • 11.2 Videostreaming
    • 11.3 Social media
    • 11.4 VoIP
    • 11.5 Music
    • 11.6 On line gaming and gambling
    • 11.7 Newspaper and book publishers
  • 12. Mobile communications
    • 12.1 Mobile market analysis
    • 12.2 Mobile statistics
      • 12.2.1 General statistics
      • 12.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 12.2.3 Mobile data
    • 12.3 Mobile broadband statistics
    • 12.4 Regulatory issues
      • 12.4.1 Second mobile licence
      • 12.4.2 Third mobile licence
      • 12.4.3 Reseller/MVNO licences
      • 12.4.4 Roaming
      • 12.4.5 MNP
    • 12.5 Mobile infrastructure
      • 12.5.1 Brief intro analogue networks
      • 12.5.2 Digital networks
      • 12.5.3 IoT and M2M networks
    • 12.6 Major mobile operators
          • 12.6.1 MVNOs
        • 12.7 Mobile handsets
      • 13. Related reports
      • Table 1 – Country statistics – Oman - 2017
      • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017
      • Table 3 – Broadband statistics – 2017
      • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2017
      • Table 5 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 6 – GDP growth and inflation – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 7 – Telecom services revenue, mobile services revenue and annual investment in telecoms services – 2014; 2015
      • Table 8 – Fixed line market share by subscribers and revenue – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 9 – Omantel (parent company) fixed-line revenue– 2014 - 2016
      • Table 10 – Omantel (parent company) fixed-line ARPU – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 11 – Omantel (parent company) fixed Internet ARPU – 2008 – 2016
      • Table 12 – Omantel Group financial data – 2003 – 2016
      • Table 13 – Ooredoo Oman financial data – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 14 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2017
      • Table 15 – Internet users and penetration – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 16 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 17 – International Internet bandwidth – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 18 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
      • Table 19 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2017
      • Table 20 – Mobile sector total ARPU – 2005 – 2015
      • Table 21 – Operators mobile market share by subscribers – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 22 – Total prepaid and postpaid subscribers – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 23 – SMS messages sent – 2006 - 2014
      • Table 24 – MMS messages sent – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 25 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 26 – Omantel Group revenue by segment – Q1 2015 – Q2 2016
      • Table 27 – Omantel Mobile- mobile subscribers - 2015 - Q2 2016
      • Table 28 – Ooredoo Oman – total fixed and mobile subscribers – 2011 – June 2016
      • Chart 1 - Operators mobile market share by subscribers – May 2016

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