Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

A third mobile operator will enter Oman’s telecoms market

The Sultanate of Oman has established a progressive mobile sector which comprises substantial coverage of both 3G and 4G LTE networks. There have also been trials conducted, networks upgraded, and spectrum allocated, in readiness for 5G.

The mobile sector in Oman is led by Omantel and Ooredoo, and both operators have a similar, and sizeable, market share. The mobile industry became more competitive in the last decade or so, due to the introduction of MVNOs, which have captured around 11-12% market share.

The launch of a third mobile network operator in Oman in 2020 will increase competition further. The regulator recently signed a strategic MoU with The Vodafone Group, along with a local consortium of investors, to form a third mobile network operator in Oman which will be branded as Vodafone.

While Oman’s fixed broadband infrastructure penetration is considered low, it is being improved upon with the building of fibre-based networks as part of Oman’s National Broadband Strategy. By 2040 it is hoped that all homes and businesses will be connected to the national broadband infrastructure.

Key developments:

  • In 2019, one of the mobile leaders, Omantel, announced that its network was 5G ready.
  • The two mobile network operators (MNOs) were awarded 15 year licenses in 2019.
  • VoIP subscriptions are on the rise in Oman.
  • 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.

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; Oman Future Telecommunications (OFT) consortium, Vodafone Group.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

    • Country overview
      • Historical insights
      • Current insights
  • Telecommunications market

    • Market overview
    • Market analysis
  • 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
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Oman – 2019
  • Table 2 – Oman – GDP and inflation – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Growth of M2M mobile subscriptions – 2018 – Q1 2019
  • Table 4 – Oman - fixed line market share by subscribers and revenue – 2011 – Q2 2018
  • Table 5 – Omantel Group financial data – 2009 – 1H 2019
  • Table 6 – Ooredoo Oman financial data – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Oman - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – Q1 2019
  • Table 8 – Oman - Internet users and penetration – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 9 – Oman – fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 10 – Oman - fixed broadband ARPU – 2017 - 2019
  • Table 11 – Oman - International Internet bandwidth – 2018 – Q1 2019
  • Table 12 – Oman - VoIP subscriptions – 2016 – 1H 2019
  • Table 13 – Oman - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 14 – Oman - mobile sector total ARPU – 2009 – Q1 2019
  • Table 15 – Oman - operators mobile market share by subscribers – 2012 – Q1 2019
  • Table 16 – Oman – total prepaid and post-paid subscribers – 2009 – 1H 2019
  • Table 17 – Oman – SMS messages – 2010 – Q1 2019
  • Table 18 – Oman – MMS messages – 2010 – Q1 2019
  • Table 19 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 20 – Omantel Oman revenue – Q2 2018 – Q2 2019
  • Table 21 – Omantel Mobile- mobile subscribers – 2016 – Q2 2019
  • Table 22 – Ooredoo Oman – revenue – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Ooredoo Oman – total fixed and mobile subscribers – 2011 – Q1 2018
  • Table 24 – Historic – Oman - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2008
  • Table 25 – Historical - Omantel Group financial data – 2003 – 2008
  • Table 26 – Historic – Oman – fixed broadband subscribers – 2004 – 2008
  • Table 27 – Historic – Oman - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 – 2008
  • Table 28 – Historic - Oman - mobile sector total ARPU – 2005 – 2008
  • Table 29 – Historic - Oman – total prepaid and post-paid subscribers – 2005 – 2008

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Oman – mobile subscriber growth – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 2 – Oman – growth in active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2009 – 2024

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Telecom Services Providers in Oman – Q2 2019
  • Exhibit 2 – Awasr at a glance

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