Under the supervision of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), the two licensed mobile operators (Omantel and Oredoo) concluded the first special number online auction. The two-day auction began last Thursday 8 February 2018 and achieved a great success with a total of 311,500 Omani Riyals raised , of which 287,500 Omani Riyals are the value of bids on Omantel numbers and 23,500 Omani Riyals raised by Ooredoo online auction. As many as 258 participants registered for the auction, of which 222 registered for Omantel auction and 36 for Ooredoo special numbers auction.
Twenty special numbers from both mobile operators were auctioned, of which 7 were diamond numbers and 3 were golden numbers at Omantel's auction, 4 diamond numbers and 6 golden numbers at Ooredoo's auction. The special number 71111111 was sold for 196,000 Omani Riyals at Omantel's auction and the highest bid at Ooredoo's auction went for the mobile number 79100000.
The online bidding was conducted through the websites of the telecom companies and the participants registered for the auction through the said websites. The bidding system was established and developed by the TRA in coordination with the telecommunications companies.