According to Statista, a study and info style business primarily based in Hamburg, Germany, the UAE has the highest mobile penetration price in the globe (173 per cent), followed by Greece (171 per cent). Oman is third on the list, followed by Portugal and Estonia (148 per cent).
There had been 78,000 much more mobile subscriptions in Oman at finish of 2017 compared to the prior year, according to Telecom Regulatory Authority’s (TRA) 2017 Annual Report.
“The mobile penetration rate per inhabitant increased to 152.3 per cent in 2017 compared to 151 per cent at end of 2016. Prepaid mobile connections represent 90.63 per cent of the total mobile subscriptions with 6.293mn subscriptions. The number of postpaid mobile subscriptions was 651,000 at end of 2017,” the TRA stated.
The year 2017 ended with 509,756 fixed phone lines, a development of 21 per cent more than the prior year. The fixed line household penetration price improved as nicely from 73 per cent in 2016 to 87 per cent in 2017.
More than half (54 per cent) of the total fixed lines are inside Muscat, followed by North Batinah, whilst Al Wusta has the lowest percentage of subscriptions. Residential accounts make up 73 per cent and enterprise 27 per cent of the total fixed lines.
There had been 351,335 fixed Internet connections in 2017, an improve of 30 per cent against the prior year, whilst the fixed Internet subscription penetration in households improved by 13 per cent to attain 60.1 per cent by finish of year 2017.
Fixed broadband subscriptions which includes DSL, fixed wireless, FTTH, Internet leased lines and other individuals, grew by 30.7 per cent (348,924) in 2017 more than the prior year (266,983). Fixed broadband penetration per household improved to 59.7 per cent by the finish of year 2017.
With smartphones becoming ubiquitous, active mobile broadband subscriptions in Oman improved to four.352mn in 2017, whilst mobile broadband penetration per inhabitant improved to 95.four per cent.
In terms of industry share, Ooredoo had 43 per cent subscriptions, whilst Omantel and other resellers take up 42 and 15 per cent of the pie respectively.
As mobile broadband uptake continues to improve, the technologies appears to be the supply of the main element of the income. According to TRA, 70 per cent of the telecom income is from mobile solutions, 29 per cent from fixed line solutions, and the remaining 1 per cent is from other telecom solutions.
The typical income per mobile subscription was RO7.two in 2017, whilst it was RO27.1 for every fixed Internet subscription and RO4.1 per fixed phone subscription.
Information Source: Muscat Daily