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Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

  • September 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 45 pages

Renewed efforts to improve broadband infrastructure in Oman
Internet access is mostly obtained via mobile broadband services in Oman. However there has been a recent and renewed push towards improving fixed broadband infrastructure - particularly fibre-based networks. In terms of the mobile market; mobile voice has reached saturation and the focus has shifted to the mobile broadband services underpinned by the launch of HSPA and LTE networks.

As part of it National Broadband Strategy, Oman Broadband Company (OBC) has enabled access to fibre networks for around 70,000 residential and commercial businesses around Muscat. By 2040 it hopes to have all homes and businesses connected to its national broadband infrastructure. Omantel and Ooredoo Oman are given access to this infrastructure and, along with their own fibre infrastructure efforts, are beginning to extend the network further to create fibre-to-the-home.

In the mean time, Oman citizens enjoy access to a well established mobile sector. Improvements to 4G infrastructure are underway with both operators; Omantel (Oman Mobile) and Ooredoo Oman recently acquiring spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands in order to continue expansion plans throughout the country. LTE services have been available in Oman since 2012.

The progressive Oman telecoms market has not gone unnoticed by the international community and it is becoming increasingly attractive to foreign investors. This is assisted by the government recently revising and establishing laws to make Oman's industries more competitive by reducing monopolistic and dominating behaviours.

Overall Oman's telecommunications sector offers a positive market which is exhibiting growth. Further developments along the lines of cloud technology, mobile broadband and M2M are emerging as its infrastructure is strengthened on the back of fibre and mobile network upgrades and expansion.

Key telecom parameters 2012; 2015
Sector | 2012 | 2015
Subscribers to telecoms services (million): (e)
Fixed Broadband | 0.08 | 0.22
Fixed-line telephony | 0.30 | 0.39
Mobile phone | 5.28 | 6.80
(Source: BuddeComm based on ITU)

Key developments:
The recent approval of the Competition and Anti-Monopoly Law, as well as the amendments made to the existing Consumer Protection Law is expected to encourage foreign investors to Oman.
Smart cities, including smart infrastructure, is a component of Oman's eTransformation Plan.
The streaming music service, Apple Music became available in Oman during July 2015.
Consumer confidence in online shopping in Oman is improving as a result of the introduction of secure e-payment systems.

Companies covered in this report include:
OmanTel, Ooredoo Oman, Oman Broadband Company (OBC), FRiENDi, Majan Telecom (Renna), Samatel.

Table Of Contents

Oman - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Recent developments
3.2 Historical overview
3.3 Market analysis
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Revision of the telecommunication regulatory law 2011-2015
4.3 Regulatory authority
4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Oman
4.4.1 ISP licences
4.4.2 Second fixed-line licence
4.5 Privatisation
4.5.1 Omantel restructure
4.5.2 IPO sale 2005
4.5.3 Further share sales
4.6 Interconnect
4.7 Access
4.8 Universal Service Obligation (USO)
5. Competition issues
5.1 Market competitiveness report
6. Fixed network operator in Oman
6.1 Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel)
6.2 Ooredoo Oman (previously Nawras Telecom)
6.2.1 Oman Broadband Company (OBC)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Alternative infrastructure
7.2 National broadband strategy
7.3 International infrastructure
7.3.1 Submarine cable networks
7.3.2 Satellite networks
7.4 IT developments
7.4.1 Data centres
7.4.2 Cloud computing
8. Smart infrastructure
8.1 Smart grids
8.2 Smart cities
9. Broadband access market
9.1 Introduction and statistical overview
9.1.1 Internet and broadband statistics
9.2 Broadband subscriber forecasts
9.2.1 Scenario 1 higher growth
9.2.2 Scenario 2 lower growth
9.3 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
9.4 Fibre to the Home (FttH)
9.5 Wireless broadband
9.5.1 WiFi
9.5.2 WiMAX
10. Digital economy
10.1 Introduction
10.1.1 Start-up incubator: Knowledge Oasis Muscat
10.2 e-Commerce
10.3 e-Banking
10.4 e-Government
10.5 e-Health
10.6 e-Education
11. Digital media
11.1.1 Introduction
11.2 Advertising Middle East
11.3 Videostreaming
11.3.1 Introduction
11.3.2 Major players
11.4 Social media
11.4.1 Introduction
11.4.2 Statistical information
11.5 VoIP
11.6 Music
11.7 On line gaming and gambling
11.8 Newspaper and book publishers
12. Mobile communications
12.1 Mobile market analysis
12.2 Mobile statistics
12.2.1 General statistics
12.2.2 Mobile voice
12.2.3 Mobile data
12.3 Mobile broadband statistics
12.4 Regulatory issues
12.4.1 Second mobile licence
12.4.2 Third mobile licence
12.4.3 Reseller/MVNO licences
12.4.4 Roaming
12.4.5 MNP
12.5 Mobile infrastructure
12.5.1 Brief intro analogue networks
12.5.2 Digital networks
12.5.3 IoT and M2M networks
12.6 Major mobile operators
12.6.1 Operators
12.6.2 MVNOs
12.7 Mobile content and applications
12.7.1 m-commerce
12.7.2 m-banking (payments/loans)
12.7.3 m-TV
12.8 Mobile handsets
13. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Oman - 2015
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2013
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2015
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2015
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 GDP growth and inflation 2005 - 2015
Table 8 Fixed line market share by subscribers and revenue 2011 - 2014
Table 9 Omantel fixed-line ARPU 2003 - 2014
Table 10 Omantel Group financial data 2003 1H 2015
Table 11 Ooredoo Oman customers 2010 - 2014
Table 12 Ooredoo Oman financial data 2013; 2014
Table 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2015
Table 14 Internet users and penetration 1998 - 2015
Table 15 Fixed broadband subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 16 Omantel Fixed Internet ARPU 2008 - 2014
Table 17 Ooredoo Oman fixed broadband subscribers 2010 - 2013
Table 18 International Internet bandwidth 2012 - 2014
Table 19 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2015, 2018; 2023
Table 20 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2015, 2018; 2023
Table 21 Household PC penetration 2007 - 2014
Table 22 Social network advertising revenue- Middle East compared to other regions 2013 - 2015
Table 23 - Facebook Stats for Oman compared to Middle East - July 2015
Table 24 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
Table 25 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2015
Table 26 Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change 2014
Table 27 MNOs and MVNOs subscriber market share 2007 - 2014
Table 28 Mobile sector total ARPU 2005 2014
Table 29 Total prepaid and postpaid subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 30 Oman Mobile and Ooredoo prepaid share 2007 - 2014
Table 31 SMS messages sent 2006 - 2014
Table 32 MMS messages sent 2010 - 2014
Table 33 Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2008 - 2015
Table 34 Oman Mobile revenue, ARPU, and subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 35 Ooredoo Oman financial data (including ARPU) 2009 1H 2015
Table 36 Ooredoo Oman prepaid/postpaid mobile subscribers 2007 1H 2015
Chart 1 Mobile operators' market share 2007 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Middle East offers online advertising potential

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