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Oman - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Oman - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

MVNOs are making an impact 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.

The two mobile operators, Omantel and Ooredoo Oman, are beginning to feel the impact of the MVNOs with both Friendi and Renna capturing more and more subscriber market share each year. In particular, Omantel has seen its market share of mobile subscribers decline by around 5.5% over the past 5 years or so, compared to the resellers which have grown market share by around 5%. The resellers are proving popular amongst a lower-income and younger demographic.

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 - particularly fibre-based networks. 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.

Key developments:

There was a third mobile network operator (MNO) license up for tender in Oman in 2017, which was subsequently cancelled.
Omantel's fixed lines revenue is decreasing as Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) takes place.
The royalty fee payable by Oman's telecom operators was raised in early 2017.
Microwave backhauling was being trialled in Oman in 2016.
Integrated Telecommunications Oman (TeO) acquired the MVNO, Renna, in mid-2016.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has approved the Access and Interconnection (A&I) Regulation which aims to make market entry easier for new players in order to promote competition.

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.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - Oman - 2017
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Oman - GDP and inflation - 2012 - 2018
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
  • 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
    • Table Fixed line market share by subscribers and revenue - 2011 - 2016
    • OMAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY (OMANTEL)
      • Table Omantel Group financial data - 2003 - 2017
    • OOREDOO OMAN (PREVIOUSLY NAWRAS TELECOM)
      • Table Ooredoo Oman financial data - 2011 - 2016
    • AWASR
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2017
      • 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
        • Table Internet users and penetration - 2013 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2017
        • Table International Internet bandwidth - 2012 - 2016
    • FIBRE TO THE HOME (FTTH)
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Start-up incubator: Knowledge Oasis Muscat
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-BANKING
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-EDUCATION
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
    • SOCIAL MEDIA
    • VOIP
    • MUSIC
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MOBILE MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2018
        • Table Mobile sector total ARPU - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Operators mobile market share by subscribers - 2012 - Q3 2017
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Total prepaid and post-paid subscribers - 2005 - 2017
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS messages sent - 2006 - 2016
        • Table MMS messages sent - 2010 - 2016
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscriptions - 2008 - 2017
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Second mobile licence
      • Third mobile licence
      • Reseller/MVNO licences
      • Roaming
      • MNP
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Brief intro analogue networks
      • Digital networks
      • IoT and M2M networks
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Omantel Group revenue by segment - 2012 - Q3 2017
      • Table Omantel Oman revenue - 2012 - Q3 2017
      • Table Omantel Mobile- mobile subscribers - 2015 - Q2 2016
      • Table Ooredoo Oman - total fixed and mobile subscribers - 2011 - 2016
      • MVNOs
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • RELATED REPORTS

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