Household Broadband Penetration to Reach 100% by 2040: Study

Ken Research announces the research publication on telecom, mobile and broadband industry in Oman available on their platform which provides an overview of the telecommunications industry in the country, major developments, regulatory environment, privatisation and telecom infrastructure.

The research report provides an overview of the competition in the industry covering the major players such as Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) and Ooredoo Oman (previously Nawras Telecom). The research report also provides a detailed analysis on the broadband access market in Oman and broadband subscribers forecast. The market for mobile communications, mobile statistics, mobile broadband statistics and other necessary information has also been covered in the report.

Renewed efforts to improve broadband infrastructure in Oman Internet access is mostly obtained via mobile broadband services in Oman. However there has been a recent and renewed push towards improving fixed broadband infrastructure - particularly fibre-based networks. In terms of the mobile market; mobile voice has reached saturation and the focus has shifted to the mobile broadband services underpinned by the launch of HSPA and LTE networks.

As part of it National Broadband Strategy, Oman Broadband Company (OBC) has enabled access to fibre networks for around 70,000 residential and commercial businesses around Muscat. By 2040 it hopes to have all homes and businesses connected to its national broadband infrastructure. Omantel and Ooredoo Oman are given access to this infrastructure and, along with their own fibre infrastructure efforts, are beginning to extend the network further to create fibre-to-the-home.

In the mean time, Oman citizens enjoy access to a well established mobile sector. Improvements to 4G infrastructure are underway with both operators; Omantel (Oman Mobile) and Ooredoo Oman recently acquiring spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands in order to continue expansion plans throughout the country. LTE services have been available in Oman since 2012.

Key developments:

The recent approval of the Competition and Anti-Monopoly Law, as well as the amendments made to the existing Consumer Protection Law is expected to encourage foreign investors to Oman.
Smart cities, including smart infrastructure, is a component of Oman’s eTransformation Plan.
The streaming music service, Apple Music became available in Oman during July 2015.
Consumer confidence in online shopping in Oman is improving as a result of the introduction of secure e-payment systems.