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General

Oman Telecommunication Company (Omantel) has a monopoly in the land line telephone and internet access markets. Its arm Omanmobile offers mobile services. The Omani government owns 70% of Omantel after 30% was listed for the public in 2005. In 2005, Qatar Telecommunication Company (Qtel) and partners were awarded the second licence to offer mobile services in the country under the brand of Nawras. Networks providing 3G coverage are Oman mobile, Nawras, renna, friendi and mazoon mobile.

In October 2007 the government overhauled Omantel board of directors and announced its plan to re-merge the two arm of the company and to sell part of its share to a strategic partner. The government also slashed the royalty fee paid on revenue from 12% to 7%.

Radio and television facilities are government owned. Satellite dish owners may receive programming from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Currently, Oman have six mobile networks offering internet. There were six secure internet servers in the country in 2004.

Overview



Telephones - main lines in use
287,600 (2011)

Telephones - mobile cellular
4.809 million (2011)

Telephone system
general assessment: modern system consisting of open-wire, microwave, and radiotelephone communication stations; limited coaxial cable; domestic satellite system with 8 earth stations
domestic: fixed-line and mobile-cellular subscribership both increasing with fixed-line phone service gradually being introduced to remote villages using wireless local loop systems
international: country code - 968; the Fibre-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) and the SEA-ME-WE-3 submarine cable provide connectivity to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Indian Ocean), 1 Arabsat (2008)

Broadcast media
1 state-run TV broadcaster; TV stations transmitting from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Yemen available via satellite TV; state-run radio operates multiple stations; first private radio station began operating in 2007 and 2 additional stations now operating (2007)

Internet country code
.om

Internet hosts
14,531 (2012)

Internet users
1.465 million (2009)

 

 
 

 



 


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