Under the Telecoms Act (Article 20) it is mandatory for all persons or companies who wish to establish or operate a telecommunications system, or provide telecommunications services, to obtain a license from the TRA in advance of starting operations.
The TRA has undertaken a project to review the regulations and framework to ensure they stay in line with the Sultanate’s policies, technological and regulatory developments and market needs. A public consultation was initiated in December 2012 preceded by a stakeholder workshop. The new licensing framework is expected to be finalised after processes of consultation.
Types of Licenses
Before submitting a license application to the TRA, it is advised that the concerned party contacts TRA first to discuss their service proposition. The licensing framework divides the licenses into three classes: Class I, II, and III. These different classifications denote the variations on nature of operations and the network setup.
Class I license is issued by way of Royal Decree on the recommendation of the Minister of Telecommunications after TRA’s approval. Class I license gives the right to the licensee to establish and operate a system/infrastructures to provide fixed telecommunication services for the public in Muscat.Read more...
Class II license is issued by a Ministerial decision from the Minister of Telecommunications based on an approved proposal by the TRA, to operators providing public telecommunications services which rely upon Class I license network capacity. Class II licensees are authorized to provide additional or value added public telecommunication services which make use of numbering resources. The license may not exceed a lifetime of 10 years.Read more...
Class III licenses are issued through a decision of the TRA, allowing private network owners or service providers, who qualified the criteria set by the TRA, unlimited entry to the market. Strictly only private telecommunications services are issued this license and a Class III license duration will not exceed 5 years.Read more...