Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

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 significant 5G developments are not expected until at least 2020; there have been trials already conducted.

Mobile broadband subscriptions are still in a growth stage and the two major mobile operators, Omantel and Ooredoo Oman are competitive, partly in response to the rise of MVNOs.

A third mobile network operator (MNO) license was up for tender throughout 2017 and four operators had 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.

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 was a third mobile network operator (MNO) license up for tender in Oman in 2017, which was subsequently cancelled.
  • 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

  • 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 Wireless broadband
      • 9.2.1 WiFi
  • 10. Digital economy
    • 10.1 Brief overview
      • 10.1.1 Start-up incubator: Knowledge Oasis Muscat
  • 11. Digital media
    • 11.1 Brief overview
    • 11.2 VoIP
  • 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 5G
      • 12.5.2 4G LTE, LTE-A
      • 12.5.3 GSM, 3G
      • 12.5.4 M2M
    • 12.6 Major mobile operators
          • 12.6.1 MVNOs
        • 12.7 Mobile handsets
      • 13. Related reports
      • 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 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
      • Table 12 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2005 – mid 2018
      • Table 13 – Mobile sector total ARPU – 2005 – 2017
      • Table 14 – Operators mobile market share by subscribers – 2012 – Q3 2017
      • Table 15 – Total prepaid and post-paid subscribers – 2005 – mid 2018
      • Table 16 – SMS messages sent – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 17 – MMS messages sent – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 18 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2008 - 2018
      • Table 19 – Omantel Group revenue by segment – 2012 – Q1 2018
      • Table 20 – Omantel Oman revenue – 2012 – Q1 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
      • Chart 1 - Operators mobile market share by subscribers – Q3 2017
      • Exhibit 1 – Awasr at a glance - 2018

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