Oman - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

  • March 2015
  • -
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
  • -
  • 36 pages

Many positive aspects to Oman's telecoms market
Oman's mobile market has a healthy level of competition, made up of two mobile operators, Oman Mobile and Nawras (rebranded as Ooredoo in 2014) and a number of MVNOs; which have captured over 10% of the mobile subscriber market share.

Oman possesses a highly developed mobile market, with penetration levels indicating multiple SIM card ownership. Mobile subscriber growth is slowing however with both operators reporting less than 10% growth each for 2013. With the mobile voice market reaching saturation; it has become even more important for the operators to continue to develop the mobile broadband market, underpinned by the launch of HSPA and LTE networks. Mobile broadband penetration sits at over 67% in 2014.

Mobile messaging is on the decline for the mobile operators; due to the migration from SMS/MMS to messaging applications in line with the proliferation of smart phones and mobile Internet. In 2014 VoIP services such as Whatsapp and Viber are permitted to offer services in Oman, placing further pressure on the market.

Competition in the fixed market commenced when mobile network operator Nawras began offering fixed line services a few years ago, along with the existing incumbent Omantel. In 2014 the Oman government reduced its ownership of Omantel to 51%; by offering the sale in two sections: Phase 1 offered private ownership opportunities and Phase 2 was launched as an Initial Public Offering (IPO). The sale raised 204 million rials (US$530 million) for the Omani government.

Oman is actively developing its digital economy; with fibre optic cables continuing to be installed across the country and a number of e-services already on offer. In 2014 over 80% of households own at least one computer with tablet devices and laptops preferred over desktop PCs, mainly due to the high costs for personal computers.

Key telecom parameters 2012; 2014
Sector | 2012 | 2014
Subscribers to telecoms services (million):
Fixed Broadband | 0.80 | 0.134
Fixed-line telephony | 0.31 | 0.39
Mobile phone | 5.3 | 6.2
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies covered in this report include:
OmanTel, Ooredoo Oman, Sultanate of Oman Television, FRiENDi, Majan Telecom (Renna), Samatel.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Oman's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure;
Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU
Digital economy
Mobile voice and data markets;
Broadband (FttH, DSL, wireless);
Convergence and digital media;
Broadband subscriber forecasts to 2023.

Table Of Contents

Oman - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Oman's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Oman
4.3.1 ISP licences
4.3.2 Second fixed-line licence
4.3.3 2013 Market competitiveness report
4.4 Privatisation
4.4.1 Omantel restructure
4.4.2 IPO sale 2005
4.4.3 Further share sales
4.5 Interconnect
4.6 Network Access
4.7 Number Portability (NP)
4.8 VoIP
4.9 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
5. Fixed network operator in Oman
5.1 Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel)
5.2 Ooredoo Oman (previously Nawras Telecom)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.1.1 Alternative infrastructure
6.2 International infrastructure
6.2.1 Submarine cable networks
6.2.2 Satellite networks
7. Broadband access market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Internet and broadband statistics
7.2 Broadband subscriber forecasts
7.2.1 Scenario 1 higher growth
7.2.2 Scenario 2 lower growth
7.3 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
7.4 Fibre to the Home (FttH)
7.5 Wireless broadband
7.5.1 WiFi
7.5.2 WiMAX
8. Digital economy/digital media
8.1 Overview
8.2 Knowledge Oasis Muscat
8.3 Services
8.3.1 E-commerce
8.3.2 E-health
8.3.3 E-learning
8.3.4 E-government
8.4 Smart Grid
9. Digital broadcasting
9.1 Overview of the broadcasting market
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Oman's mobile market
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.2 Regulatory issues
10.2.1 Second mobile licence
10.2.2 Third mobile licence
10.2.3 Reseller/MVNO licences
10.2.4 Roaming tariff reduction
10.3 Mobile technologies
10.3.1 Analogue
10.3.2 Digital
10.3.3 Third generation (3G)
10.3.4 4G/Long-term evolution (LTE)
10.4 Major mobile operators
10.4.1 Oman Mobile Telecommunications (OMTC)
10.4.2 Ooredoo Oman
10.5 Major MVNO operators
10.6 Mobile voice services
10.6.1 Prepaid
10.6.2 Satellite mobile
10.7 Mobile messaging
10.7.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
10.7.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
10.8 Mobile broadband
10.9 Mobile content and applications
10.9.1 Mobile TV
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Oman 2014
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 4 Fixed Broadband statistics 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 GDP growth and inflation 2005 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed line market share by subscribers and revenue 2011 - 2013
Table 9 Omantel fixed-line ARPU 2003 - 2013
Table 10 Omantel Group financial data 2003 1H 2014
Table 11 Ooredoo Oman fixed line subscribers and ARPU 2010 - 2013
Table 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2014
Table 13 Internet users and penetration 1998 - 2014
Table 14 Fixed-line Internet subscribers 2000 - 2013
Table 15 Fixed broadband subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 16 Omantel Fixed Internet ARPU 2008 - 2013
Table 17 Ooredoo Oman fixed broadband subscribers 2010 - 2013
Table 18 International Internet bandwidth 2003 - 2013
Table 19 Household PC penetration 2007 - 2014
Table 20 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2014, 2018; 2023
Table 21 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2014, 2018; 2023
Table 22 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 23 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Table 24 Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change 2014
Table 25 MNOs and MVNOs subscriber market share 2007 - 2014
Table 26 Mobile sector total ARPU 2005 2014
Table 27 Oman Mobile revenue, ARPU, and subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 28 Ooredoo Oman financial data (including ARPU) 2009 - 2014
Table 29 Ooredoo Oman prepaid/postpaid mobile subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 30 Total prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 31 Oman Mobile and Ooredoo prepaid share 2007 - 2014
Table 32 SMS messages sent 2006 - 2014
Table 33 MMS messages sent 2010 - 2014
Table 34 Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2008 - 2014
Chart 1 Mobile operators' market share 2007 - 2014

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