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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.

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.

Companies Mentioned

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

Key Topics Covered

1 Key statistics

1.1 Country overview

2 Telecommunications market

2.1 Market Overview

2.2 Market analysis

2.3 Recent developments

3 Regulatory environment

3.1 Historic overview

3.2 Revision of the telecommunication regulatory law 2011-2015

3.3 Regulatory authority

3.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Oman

3.5 Privatisation

3.6 Interconnect

3.7 Access

3.8 Universal Service Obligation (USO)

3.9 Royalty fees

3.10 Competition issues

3.11 Market competitiveness report

4 Fixed network operators in Oman

4.1 Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel)

4.2 Ooredoo Oman (previously Nawras Telecom)

4.3 Awasr

5 Telecommunications infrastructure

5.1 Overview of the national telecom network

5.2 National broadband strategy

5.3 International infrastructure

5.4 IT developments

5.5 Smart infrastructure

6 Broadband access market

6.1 Introduction and statistical overview

6.2 Wireless broadband

7 Digital economy

7.1 Brief overview

8 Digital media

8.1 Brief overview

8.2 VoIP

9 Mobile communications

9.1 Mobile market analysis

9.2 Mobile statistics

9.3 Mobile broadband statistics

9.4 Regulatory issues

9.5 Mobile infrastructure

9.6 Major mobile operators

9.7 Mobile handsets

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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KEYWORD: OMAN MIDDLE EAST

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: NETWORKS TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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