Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Oman is demonstrating progress in both mobile and fixed telecoms

Oman has established a progressive mobile sector which has substantial coverage of both 3G and 4G LTE networks. While 5G is not expected to become available until at least 2020; there have been trials already conducted, network upgrades underway and spectrum allocated. In 2019 Omantel announced that its network was 5G ready.

While mobile broadband subscriptions are still in a growth stage; they have declined recently due to changes in the expat population in Oman.

A third mobile network operator (MNO) license was up for tender throughout 2017 and four operators expressed an interest in bidding for the license. However, in October 2017, the government announced the tender process had been cancelled. It was reported the license would be awarded to a local consortium instead and this is expected to be finalised during 2019.

There has also been a recent and renewed push towards improving fixed broadband infrastructure for Oman – especially fibre-based networks. The fibre-optic service provider, Asawr, was partially acquired in early 2018 and this will allow for fresh investment in its high-speed network.

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.

Oman is well positioned to be a technology hub in the Middle East as it is well located between Asia, Africa and Europe and has access to several submarine cable systems. For these reasons, Equinix, one of the largest data centre operators in the world selected to partner with Omantel in mid-2018 and jointly build a new data centre in Oman.

Key developments:

  • 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.
  • There two mobile network operators (MNO) were awarded 15 year licenses in 2019.
  • VoIP subscriptions are on the rise in Oman.

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

  • Key statistics

    • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market

    • Market Overview
    • Market analysis
    • Recent developments
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historic overview
    • Revision of the telecommunication regulatory law – 2011-2015
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation in Oman
      • ISP licences
      • Second fixed-line licence
      • Third fixed-line licence
    • Privatisation
      • Omantel restructure
      • IPO sale 2005
      • Further share sales
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Universal Service Obligation (USO)
    • Royalty fees
    • Competition issues
    • Market competitiveness report
  • Fixed network operators in Oman

    • Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel)
    • Ooredoo Oman (previously Nawras Telecom)
    • Awasr
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • Alternative infrastructure
    • National broadband strategy
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • IT developments
      • Data centres
      • Cloud computing
    • Smart infrastructure
      • Smart grids
      • Smart cities
  • Broadband access market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Internet and broadband statistics
    • Wireless broadband
      • WiFi
  • Digital economy

    • Brief overview
      • Start-up incubator: Knowledge Oasis Muscat
  • Digital media

    • Brief overview
    • VoIP
  • Mobile communications

    • Mobile market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
    • Mobile broadband statistics
    • Regulatory issues
      • Second mobile licence
      • Third mobile licence
      • Reseller/MVNO licences
      • Roaming
      • MNP
      • Spectrum allocation
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G
      • 4G LTE, LTE-A
      • GSM, 3G
      • M2M
    • Major mobile operators
      • MVNOs
    • Mobile handsets
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Oman – 2018
  • Table 2 – Oman – GDP and inflation – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Fixed line market share by subscribers and revenue – 2011 – Q2 2018
  • Table 4 – Omantel Group financial data – 2003 – Q2 2018
  • Table 5 – Ooredoo Oman financial data – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – mid 2018
  • Table 7 – Internet users and penetration – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2004 – mid 2018
  • Table 9 – International Internet bandwidth – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 10 – VoIP subscriptions – 2016; 2017; mid 2018
  • Table 11 –Oman – Historic mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 – 2004
  • Table 12 – Oman - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Oman - mobile sector total ARPU – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Oman - operators mobile market share by subscribers – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Oman – total prepaid and post-paid subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Oman – SMS messages – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Oman – MMS messages – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Omantel Group revenue by segment – 2012 – Q2 2018
  • Table 20 – Omantel Oman revenue – Q3 2017 – Q2 2018
  • Table 21 – Omantel Mobile- mobile subscribers – Q3 2015; 2016; 2017
  • Table 22 – Ooredoo Oman – revenue and blended ARPU – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 23 – Ooredoo Oman – total fixed and mobile subscribers – 2011 – Q1 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Awasr at a glance – 2018

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