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 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.
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
4.5.1 Omantel restructure
4.5.2 IPO sale 2005
4.5.3 Further share sales
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)
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
10. Digital economy
10.1 Brief overview
10.1.1 Start-up incubator: Knowledge Oasis Muscat
11. Digital media
11.1 Brief overview
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
12.5 Mobile infrastructure
12.5.2 4G LTE, LTE-A
12.5.3 GSM, 3G
12.6 Major mobile operators
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
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