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[February 10, 2020]

A third mobile operator entering Oman's telecoms market in 2020

Sydney, Feb. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just released, this edition of Paul Budde Communication’s focus report on Oman outlines the major developments and key aspects in the telecoms markets.
Click here to access the report : https://www.budde.com.au/Research/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.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics
    • Country overview
      • Historical insights
      • Current insights
  • Telecommunications market
    • Market overview
    • Market analysis
  • 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
    • Priatisation
      • 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
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
    • Mobile broadband statistics
    • 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
      • MVNOs
    • Mobile handsets
  • Fixed network operators in Oman
    • Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel)
    • Ooredoo Oman (previously Nawras Telecom)
    • Awasr
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • 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
    • Wireless broadband
      • WiFi
  • Digital economy
    • Brief overview
      • Start-up incubator: Knowledge Oasis Muscat
    • VoIP
  • Appendix – Historic data
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Oman – 2019
  • Table 2 – Oman – GDP and inflation – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Growth of M2M mobile subscriptions – 2018 – Q1 2019
  • Table 4 – Oman - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 5 – Oman - mobile sector total ARPU – 2009 – Q1 2019
  • Table 6 – Oman - operators mobile market share by subscribers – 2012 – Q1 2019
  • Table 7 – Oman – total prepaid and post-paid subscribers – 2009 – 1H 2019
  • Table 8 – Oman – SMS messages – 2010 – Q1 2019
  • Table 9 – Oman – MMS messages – 2010 – Q1 2019
  • Table 10 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 11 – Omantel Oman revenue – Q2 2018 – Q2 2019
  • Table 12 – Omantel Mobile- mobile subscribers – 2016 – Q2 2019
  • Table 13 – Ooredoo Oman – revenue – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Ooredoo Oman – total fixed and mobile subscribers – 2011 – Q1 2018
  • Table 15 – Oman - fixed line market share by subscribers and revenue – 2011 – Q2 2018
  • Table 16 – Omantel Group financial data – 2009 – 1H 2019
  • Table 17 – Ooredoo Oman financial data – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Oman - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – Q1 2019
  • Table 19 – Oman - Internet users and penetration – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 20 – Oman – fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 21 – Oman - fixed broadband ARPU – 2017 - 2019
  • Table 22 – Oman - International Internet bandwidth – 2018 – Q1 2019
  • Table 23 – Oman - VoIP subscriptions – 2016 – 1H 2019
  • Table 24 – Historic – Oman - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2008
  • Table 25 – Historical - Omantel Group financial data – 2003 – 2008
  • Table 26 – Historic – Oman – fixed broadband subscribers – 2004 – 2008
  • Table 27 – Historic – Oman - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 – 2008
  • Table 28 – Historic - Oman - mobile sector total ARPU – 2005 – 2008
  • Table 29 – Historic - Oman – total prepaid and post-paid subscribers – 2005 – 2008

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Oman – mobile subscriber growth – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 2 – Oman – growth in active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2009 – 2024

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Telecom Services Providers in Oman – Q2 2019
  • Exhibit 2 – Awasr at a glance


Click here to access the report : https://www.budde.com.au/Research/Oman-Telecoms-Mobile-and-Broadband-Statistics-and-Analyses

Nicolas Bombourg
nbombourg@budde.com.au

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