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Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

May 2020 | 104 pages | ID: OE169AB5155EN
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Increased infrastructure-sharing of mobile towers in Oman

The launch of a third mobile network operator in the Sultanate of Oman in 2020 will increase competition in the mobile sector, with the current operators of Omantel and Ooredoo having a similar and sizeable market share. The telecommunications regulator agreed that the Vodafone Group, along with a local consortium of investors, could form the third mobile network operator, Oman Future Telecommunications (OFT).

In early 2020 the consortium agreed to lease mobile towers from Oman Tower Company (OTC), and this will allow them to enter the mobile market more quickly. OTC plans to build more mobile towers in Oman throughout 2020 and make these available for infrastructure sharing.

BuddeComm observes that 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. The Regulator has allowed the major mobile operators, Omantel and Ooredoo the right to use a 100MHz 5G spectrum.

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.

Oman has established itself as an important communications hub in the Middle East with access to numerous submarine cables including the recently announced 2Africa submarine cable, which should become available during 2023-2024.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:
  • MVNOs were introduced over the last decade and have captured a small market share.
  • Omantel launched an initial 5G network in late 2019.
  • The two existing 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.
  • This report includes assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.
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, Oman Tower Company (OTC).
1 KEY STATISTICS

1.1 Country overview

2 REGIONAL MIDDLE EAST MARKET COMPARISON

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.3 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

3 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure
3.5 Impact on Oman

4 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

4.1 Market overview
4.2 Market analysis

5 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

5.1 Historic overview
5.2 Revision of the telecommunication regulatory law 2011-2015
5.3 Regulatory authority
5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Oman
5.5 Privatisation
5.6 Interconnect
5.7 Access
5.8 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
5.9 Royalty fees
5.10 Competition issues
5.11 Market competitiveness report
5.12 Mobile regulatory issues

6 MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS

6.1 Mobile market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile broadband statistics
6.4 Mobile infrastructure
6.5 Major mobile operators
6.6 Mobile handsets

7 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS IN OMAN

7.1 Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel)
7.2 Ooredoo Oman (previously Nawras Telecom)
7.3 Awasr

8 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

8.1 Overview of the national telecom network
8.2 National broadband strategy
8.3 International infrastructure

9 BROADBAND ACCESS MARKET

9.1 Internet and broadband statistics
9.2 VoIP

10 SMART INFRASTRUCTURE

10.1 Smart cities
10.2 Smart grids
10.3 Digital economy
10.4 Data centres
10.5 Cloud computing

11 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

12 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

13 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Oman 2020
Table 2 Oman GDP and inflation 2014 2019
Table 3 Oman GDP real growth rate and inflation 2020 - 2021
Table 4 Growth of M2M mobile subscriptions 2018 Q1 2019
Table 5 Oman - mobile subscribers and penetration 2009 2024
Table 6 Oman - mobile sector total ARPU 2009 Q1 2019
Table 7 Oman - operators mobile market share by subscribers 2012 Q1 2019
Table 8 Oman total prepaid and post-paid subscribers 2009 1H 2019
Table 9 Oman SMS messages 2010 Q1 2019
Table 10 Oman MMS messages 2010 Q1 2019
Table 11 Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2009 2024
Table 12 - Omantel Oman revenue 2018 2019
Table 13 Omantel Mobile- mobile subscribers 2016 Q2 2019
Table 14 Ooredoo Oman revenue, EBITDA, ARPU 2015 2019
Table 15 Ooredoo Oman total fixed and mobile subscribers 2011 2019
Table 16 Oman - fixed line market share by subscribers and revenue 2011 Q2 2018
Table 17 Omantel Group financial data 2009 2019
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
Chart 1 Middle East mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 2 Middle East fixed and mobile broadband subscriber penetration
Chart 3 Oman mobile subscriber growth 2009 2024
Chart 4 Oman growth in active mobile broadband subscriptions 2009 2024
Exhibit 1 Telecom Services Providers in Oman Q2 2019
Exhibit 2 Awasr at a glance
Exhibit 3 2Africa submarine cable
Exhibit 4 2Africa landing stations
Exhibit 5 Encouraging the start-up sector in Oman


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