Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

The Sultanate of Oman has established a progressive mobile sector which comprises substantial coverage of both 3G and 4G LTE networks. There have also been trials conducted, networks upgraded, and spectrum allocated, in readiness for 5G. In particular, the Regulator has allowed the major mobile operators, Omantel and Ooredoo the right to use a 100MHz 5G spectrum. Both operators have a similar, and sizeable, market share.

Oman already offers quite a competitive mobile landscape with MVNOs being introduced over the last decade, and they have captured a small market share.

The launch of a third mobile network operator in Oman in 2020 will increase competition further. The regulator signed a strategic MoU with The Vodafone Group, along with a local consortium of investors, to form a third mobile network operator in Oman, which will be branded as Vodafone. In early 2020 the consortium agreed to lease mobile towers from Oman Tower Company.

While Oman's fixed broadband infrastructure penetration is considered low, it is being improved upon with the building of fibre-based networks as part of Oman's National Broadband Strategy. By 2040 it is hoped that all homes and businesses will be connected to the national broadband infrastructure.

Key developments:

Omantel launched an initial 5G network in late 2019.
The two mobile network operators (MNOs) were awarded 15 year licenses in 2019.
VoIP subscriptions are on the rise in Oman.
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.

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; Oman Future Telecommunications (OFT) consortium, Vodafone Group.


  • Executive summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Oman – 2019
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Historical insights
      • Current insights
        • Table Oman – GDP and inflation – 2014 – 2019
  • Telecommunications market
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Growth of M2M mobile subscriptions – 2018 – Q1 2019
  • 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
  • Mobile communications
    • MOBILE MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Oman's 5G roadmap
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Oman - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
        • Table Oman - mobile sector total ARPU – 2009 – Q1 2019
        • Table Oman - operators mobile market share by subscribers – 2012 – Q1 2019
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Oman – total prepaid and post-paid subscribers – 2009 – 1H 2019
      • Mobile data
        • Table Oman – SMS messages – 2010 – Q1 2019
        • Table Oman – MMS messages – 2010 – Q1 2019
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2009 – 2024
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Second mobile licence
      • Third mobile licence
      • Reseller/MVNO licences
      • Roaming
      • MNP
      • Spectrum allocation
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G LTE, LTE-A
      • GSM, 3G
      • M2M
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Omantel Oman revenue – Q2 2018 – Q2 2019
      • Table Omantel Mobile- mobile subscribers – 2016 – Q2 2019
      • Table Ooredoo Oman – revenue – 2013 – 2018
      • Table Ooredoo Oman – total fixed and mobile subscribers – 2011 – Q1 2018
      • MVNOs
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
  • Fixed network operators in Oman
    • Table Oman - fixed line market share by subscribers and revenue – 2011 – Q2 2018
    • OMAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY (OMANTEL)
      • Table Omantel Group financial data – 2009 – 1H 2019
    • OOREDOO OMAN (PREVIOUSLY NAWRAS TELECOM)
      • Table Ooredoo Oman financial data – 2011 – 2018
    • AWASR
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Oman - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – Q1 2019
      • 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 Oman - Internet users and penetration – 2015 – 2019
        • Table Oman – fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2024
        • Table Oman - fixed broadband ARPU – 2017 – 2019
        • Table Oman - International Internet bandwidth – 2018 – Q1 2019
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
  • Digital economy
    • BRIEF OVERVIEW
      • Start-up incubator: Knowledge Oasis Muscat
    • VOIP
      • Table Oman - VoIP subscriptions – 2016 – 1H 2019
  • Appendix – Historic data
    • Table Historic – Oman - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2008
    • Table Historical - Omantel Group financial data – 2003 – 2008
    • Table Historic – Oman – fixed broadband subscribers – 2004 – 2008
    • Table Historic – Oman - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 – 2008
    • Table Historic - Oman - mobile sector total ARPU – 2005 – 2008
    • Table Historic - Oman – total prepaid and post-paid subscribers – 2005 – 2008
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