Internet Summary

The splendid progress of the telecom sector is an ongoing testament to the continued efforts of the TRA and collaborators in the national effort to provide telecommunication services across the Sultanate.

During 2012, the penetration rate of the fixed internet subscribers increased by a 7.6%, bringing the total number of fixed internet subscribers close to 120,000. Broadband subscriber numbers for both active and fixed indicates strong growth, showing a 12.4% and 8.6% growth in penetration rates respectively and the decrease of dial-up (prepaid and postpaid) down to 5000 subscribers and below respectively.

The rise in amount of internet subscriber is the result of the Sultanate’s national initiative into transforming Oman into a knowledge society and growth of the telecommunication sector in the country.

Fixed Line Summary

As of 2012, the availability of fixed lines across the sultanate for the regions is as follows:

  • Muscat – 47%
  • Al Batinah – 11%
  • Dhofar – 8%
  • Al Dhakeliya – 7%
  • Al Sharqiah – 6%
  • Al Dhahirah – 3%
  • Al Buraimi – 2%
  • Musandam – 1%
  • Al Wusta – 0.15%

The TRA’s initiative to provide telecom services to rural areas of the Sultanate which started during the 3rd quarter of 2012, has shown results as apparent from the list of fixed line distributions.

Overall, the total number of fixed telephone lines increased by 17,222, a 5% increase compared to 2011. The percentage between residential and business fixed telephone lines of 2012 are 65% and 35%, showing only very slight movement in the charts. This also holds true for numbers of fixed telephone lines postpaid and prepaid which shows an increase of 8,897 lines for postpaid while only 280 lines decreased as compared to the statistics of 2011.

Mobile Summary

The mobile sector of the telecommunication market has bloomed greatly in the last 5 years, with 5,277 million subscribers and 160% penetration rate in 2012.

The dominance in market share for mobile service providers are held by two major players, with Oman Mobile owning 48.4% and Nawras holding 40.7% while the rest are held by resellers. The TRA’s efforts on establishing and maintaining a revised competitive framework are underway. Once finalized, the TRA will issue determinations and impose suitable solutions that will mitigate potential risk of harm by dominant players like Oman Mobile and Nawras.