Oman Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Markets, 2020: Impact of COVID-19 -

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Key Developments

  • Omantel launched an initial 5G network in late 2019.
  • The two 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.
  • Assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

The Sultanate of 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. In particular, the Regulator has allowed the major mobile operators, Omantel and Ooredoo the right to use a 100MHz 5G spectrum. Both operators have a similar, and sizeable, market share.

Oman already offers quite a competitive mobile landscape with MVNOs being introduced over the last decade, and they have captured a small market share.

The launch of a third mobile network operator in Oman in 2020 will increase competition further. The regulator signed a strategic MoU with The Vodafone Group, along with a local consortium of investors, to form a third mobile network operator in Oman, which will be branded as Vodafone. In early 2020 the consortium agreed to lease mobile towers from Oman Tower Company.

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.

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.

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 Topics Covered

1 Key statistics

1.1 Country overview

2 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

2.1 Economic considerations and responses

2.2 Mobile devices

2.3 Subscribers

2.4 Infrastructure

3 Telecommunications market

3.1 Market overview

3.2 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

4.5 Privatisation

4.6 Interconnect

4.7 Access

4.8 Universal Service Obligation (USO)

4.9 Royalty fees

4.10 Competition issues

4.11 Market competitiveness report

5 Mobile communications

5.1 Mobile market analysis

5.2 Mobile statistics

5.3 Mobile broadband statistics

5.4 Regulatory issues

5.5 Mobile infrastructure

5.6 Major mobile operators

5.7 Mobile handsets

6 Fixed network operators in Oman

6.1 Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel)

6.2 Ooredoo Oman (previously Nawras Telecom)

6.3 Awasr

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

7.2 National broadband strategy

7.3 International infrastructure

7.4 IT developments

7.5 Smart infrastructure

8 Broadband access market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Wireless broadband

9 Digital economy

9.1 Brief overview

9.2 VoIP

Companies Mentioned

  • 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

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Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager

For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900