Oman ICT

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As Oman’s residents increasingly embrace the latest in wireless technologies, the advent of 4G long-term evolution (LTE) technologies in the sultanate has the potential to make a significant impact on the mobile market. Although the sultanate was relatively late in rolling out 3G services, the precursor to 4G LTE, operators in Oman have been...

It was in the early 1970s that Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said began modernising the telecommunications industry by establishing regulatory bodies and encouraging investment in infrastructure and services. Oman’s telecommunications has come far since then – today, the sultanate boasts high mobile penetration, expanding 4G long-term evolution (LTE...

How is growing competition within the telecoms sector encouraging technological innovations and economic prosperity?

Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Oman 2014

The sultanate boasts high mobile penetration, widening 4G LTE coverage in key urban areas and a growing fixed-line market. Auctions are under way for spectrum to support service expansion, and the regulator is considering a new framework for competition. Meanwhile, private investments should help expand network coverage and provide more secure services. This chapter contains a roundtable with...
The announcement that the state will sell more than a quarter of its holdings in Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) could bring changes to a market facing challenging conditions and increased competition.
The IT sector in Oman looks set to continue expanding on the back of a sharp rise in broadband and mobile phone take-up, together with falling costs across several services. However, while competition in the industry remains fierce, Oman is still struggling to close the gap on a number of its regional neighbours that are edging the Sultanate when it comes to innovation.

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