Oman Telecommunications Report

Published 17 November 2015

Quarterly report providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecommunications industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast Scenario, Telecommunications Risk Reward Index, Market Overview, Regulatory Environment, Company Profiles and Competitive

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Oman Telecommunications Report
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BMI View: We believe that organic subscription groth in the Oman mobile industry may be difficult as the two current operators, Omantel and Ooredoo are facing stiff competition on the price level by an increasing number of MVNOs in the market. Furthermore, Oman's market is driven by a very high percentage of prepaid subscribers and both the operators have failed to attract customers to higher value postpaid packages. Little subscription growth opportunity means retaining subscribers is equally, if not more, important than attracting new ones. Omantel and Ooredoo will achieve this by migrating subscribers on to shared data multi-play and packages, increasingly including smarthome solutions, thus deepening their relationships with customers. Meanwhile, though mobile remains the dominant broadband access technology, we expect Oman Broadband Company 's deployment of an open access national fibre network to deepen penetration of wireline connections, and to enable Ooredoo and smaller alternative players to compete more effectively with incumbent Omantel in the wireline market. The 'smart cities' initiative is a positive one and we believe it will help Omani infrastructure with wireline and fixed broadband growth over the next few years as 80% of Muscat and 25% of towns and villages nearby will receive fibre optic access.

Key Data

  • The mobile market maintained stable growth of 2.6% q-o-q in Q215 to 6.4mn subscriptions, driven by Ooredoo and MVNOs.

  • Wireline voice connections grew strongly by 8.3% in Q115, bucking the regional trend of fixed-to-mobile substitution.

  • Broadband was the fastest growing segment, with over 20.6% y-o-y growth to 2.3mn subscriptions. This was also reflected in broadband internet revenues in Q215.

Mobile Leads, Internet Follows: Industry Revenues (OMRmn)
Q1 & Q2 2015
Source: BMI, TRA

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BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Oman 2013-2019)
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Table: Key Trends In Industry Risks And Rewards, Q116
Table: MENA Telecoms Risk/Reward Index, Q1 2016
Market Overview
Regulatory Development
Table: Oman Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
Competitive Landscape
Table: Key Players In Omani Telecoms Sector
Table: Oman Mobile Market 2013-2015
Table: Omantel 2013-2015
Table: Ooredoo 2013-2015
Table: Oman Fixed Line & Broadband 2013-2015
Company Profile
Ooredoo Oman
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Oman 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Oman 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Oman 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Oman 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Oman 1990-2025)
Table: Glossary Of Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Oman Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Oman's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Oman Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Oman.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Oman to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Omani telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Oman's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Oman.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
  • Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
    Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Telecommunications Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.