Oman Telecom Mobile Broadband Statistics

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

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Executive Summary

Telecoms operators are improving the customer experience in Oman

Oman's telecoms market is highly progressive and its mobile sector in particular is well established. This highly competitive market however means the operators are facing a number challenges which are having an impact upon overall profitability.

The mobile market in Oman has become saturated with high penetration and many multiple subscriptions. While this is leading to a boost in mobile broadband growth at the same time the various OTT providers have disrupted the market. This has caused a decline in revenue from streams such as SMS as well as voice for the traditional operators. To combat this trend, the major operators in Oman are focusing on improving the customer experience through both fixed and mobile network upgrades.

The two major mobile operators (Oman Mobile, Ooredoo Oman) are investing huge amounts in expanding and improving upon mobile networks in order to keep up with the growing demand for data. Data services already account for around half of all Ooredoo Oman's mobile revenues, for example, and this is expected to continue rising.

The development of highspeed fixed broadband services is well underway in Oman. As part of it National Broadband Strategy, Oman Broadband Company (OBC) has enabled access to fibre networks for around 60,000 residential and commercial businesses around Muscat. By 2040 it hopes to have all homes and businesses connected to its national broadband infrastructure. In 2016 a new broadband operator, AwasrOman, launched in Muscat using the OBC fibre network.

Key telecom parameters 2013; 2016

Sector | 2013 | 2016

Subscribers to telecoms services (million): (e)

Fixed broadband | 0.09 | 0.28

Fixedline telephony | 0.35 | 0.48

Mobile phone | 5.62 | 6.99

Key developments:

Oman Broadband Company (OBC) is currently rolling our fibrenetworks in and around Muscat.

By the end of 2016 Ooredoo Oman expected to have over 100,000 households with access to its FttH network.

Microwave backhauling is being trialled in Oman in 2016.

Integrated Telecommunications Oman (TeO) acquired the MVNO, Renna, in mid2016.

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 covered in this report include:

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel); Oman Mobile; Ooredoo Oman; Oman Broadband Company (OBC); FRiENDi, Majan Telecom (Renna); Integrated Telecommunications Oman (TeO); AwasrOman

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1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

2.1 Country overview

3. Telecommunications market

3.1 Historical Overview

3.2 Market analysis

3.3 Recent developments

4. Regulatory environment

4.1 Historic overview

4.2 Revision of the telecommunication regulatory law 20112015

4.3 Regulatory authority

4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Oman

4.4.1 ISP licences

4.4.2 Second fixedline licence

4.4.3 Third fixedline licence

4.5 Privatisation

4.5.1 Omantel restructure

4.5.2 IPO sale 2005

4.5.3 Further share sales

4.6 Interconnect

4.7 Access

4.8 Universal Service Obligation (USO)

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)

6.3 Awasr

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 Fibre to the Home (FttH)

9.3 Wireless broadband

9.3.1 WiFi

9.3.2 WiMAX

10. Digital economy

10.1 Introduction

10.1.1 Startup incubator: Knowledge Oasis Muscat

10.2 eCommerce

10.3 eBanking

10.4 eGovernment

10.5 eHealth

10.6 eEducation

11. Digital media

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Videostreaming

11.3 Social media

11.3.1 Statistical information

11.4 VoIP

11.5 Music

11.6 On line gaming and gambling

11.7 Newspaper and book publishers

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

12.4.4 Roaming

12.4.5 MNP

12.5 Mobile infrastructure

12.5.1 Brief intro analogue networks

12.5.2 Digital networks

12.5.3 IoT and M2M networks

12.6 Major mobile operators

12.6.1 MVNOs

12.7 Mobile content and applications

12.7.1 mcommerce

12.7.2 mbanking (payments/loans)

12.7.3 mTV

12.8 Mobile handsets

13. Related reports

Table 1 Country statistics Oman 2016

Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2014

Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2016

Table 4 Broadband statistics 2016

Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016

Table 6 National telecommunications authorities

Table 7 GDP growth and inflation 2011 2016

Table 8 Fixed line market share by subscribers and revenue 2011 2015

Table 9 Omantel fixedline ARPU 2003 2015

Table 10 Omantel Fixed Internet ARPU 2008 Q2 2015

Table 11 Omantel Group financial data 2003 1H 2016

Table 12 Ooredoo Oman financial data (including ARPU) 2011 2015

Table 13 Ooredoo Oman total subscribers

Table 14 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 2016

Table 15 Internet users and penetration 1998 2016

Table 16 Fixed broadband subscribers 2004 2016

Table 17 International Internet bandwidth 2012 2015

Table 18 Facebook Stats for Oman compared to Middle East July 2015

Table 19 Historic Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 2004

Table 20 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 2016

Table 21 Mobile sector total ARPU 2005 2015

Table 22 Total prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2005 2015

Table 23 Oman Mobile and Ooredoo prepaid share 2007 2014

Table 24 SMS messages sent 2006 2014

Table 25 MMS messages sent 2010 2015

Table 26 Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2008 2016

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