This report analyzes the international traffic dynamics in Oman. By end of June 2016, total outgoing international telephone traffic from fixed lines represented 81.96% of the total international fixed telephone minutes while the incoming international fixed telephone minutes represented 18.04%.
During the first six months of 2016, Oman's total cellular market subscriptions grew by 0.2%, adding 10,575 cellular subscriptions. By end of June 2016, Oman's cellular penetration rate stood at 150.9%.
Fixed Internet users in Oman are adopting broadband services and dropping the dialup option. By the end of June 2016, the sultanate's fixed broadband subscription base (ADSL, WiMAX, and leased lines) reached 250,455 translating to 98.96% of total fixed Internet accounts.
By October 2016, Omantel, Ooredoo (formerly Nawras) and Awasr offered FTTH services. The two cellular operators launched their FTTH services during the first quarter of 2012. In March 2016, Awasr commercially launched their broadband services in Oman. This report provides an overview of the FTTH services offered in the Omani market.
This report provides an overview of the new submarine cable, Gulf 2 Africa. In February 2016, the Omani telecom operator Omantel announced the signing of the supply agreement with Xtera communication for the new submarine cable. The cable is expected to be ready for service by end of 2016.