Oman Telecommunications Report Q1 2015

Business Monitor International
November 26, 2014
98 Pages - SKU: BMI5392073
Countries covered: Oman

Oman Telecommunications Report Q1 2015

BMI View: Oman's small size and high penetration rates for mobile voice and broadband services meansthere are few opportunities for prospective new players in the market. Its maturity is reflected by NawrasTelecom's rebranding as Ooredoo in October 2014, accompanied by a barrage of price-led promotionalcampaigns designed to retain existing customers as much as secure new clients. The exercise is aimed atcannibalising the success of Oman's unofficial third mobile operator, MVNO FRiENDi, which claims toaccount for 70% of the 686,000 'reseller' user base and which has been driving market growth over the last12 months. The official third operator - Samatel - has yet to launch and it seems increasingly unlikely that itever will, such is the lack of scope for a new infrastructure-led player.

Key Data

MVNO-driven mobile subscription growth exceeded expectations in 9M14. We now forecast 6.044mnsubscriptions by the end of 2014, rising to 6.338mn by 2018.

Wireline voice connections also grew strongly in 9M14 and our forecasts have been raised in anticipationof there being 387,000 by the end of 2018.

Broadband connections will number 4.305mn by the end of 2018, in light of very strong take-up ofmobile-based accesses in 2013/9M14.



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