UAE leads world in mo­bile pen­e­tra­tion

Oman is third, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

Comms MEA - - Mobile Penetration Update -


The United Arab Emi­rates leads the world in mo­bile pen­e­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port. Else­where in the Mid­dle East, Oman is third.

Ac­cord­ing to Ham­burg-based re­search and in­for­ma­tion de­sign firm Statista, the UAE has the high­est mo­bile pen­e­tra­tion rate in the world at 173%. In sec­ond place was Greece at 171%. Fol­low­ing Oman at third on the list are Por­tu­gal in fourth and Es­to­nia in fifth place.

With al­most seven mil­lion (6.944 mil­lion) mo­bile subscribers at end of 2017 in Oman, the sul­tanate av­er­aged about 1.5 mo­bile phones per per­son. The over­all pen­e­tra­tion rate was about 152.3%.

Fur­ther, ac­cord­ing to Oman’s Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity’s (TRA) 2017 An­nual Re­port, there were 78,000 more mo­bile sub­scrip­tions in Oman at the end of 2017 than the end of 2016. Pre­paid mo­bile con­nec­tions rep­re­sent 90.63% of the to­tal mo­bile sub­scrip­tions in the sul­tanate.

Fixed tele­phone lines also are in­creas­ing in Oman, with growth of 21% in 2017 to 509,756 to­tal lines – rais­ing the pen­e­tra­tion rate from 73% in 2016 to 87% in 2017.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the ma­jor­ity of growth in Oman’s mo­bile and fixed line sub­scrip­tions was in the cap­i­tal of Mus­cat – which was also, equally un­sur­pris­ingly, where the ma­jor­ity of fixed In­ter­net con­nec­tion, fixed broad­band, and mo­bile broad­band growth was.

Oman­tel took up 42% of the over­all mar­ket share. Ac­cord­ing to TRA, 70% of the sul­tan­tate’s over­all tele­com rev­enue came from mo­bile ser­vices, 29% from fixed line ser­vices, and the re­main­ing one per­cent from other tele­com ser­vices.

The av­er­age rev­enue per mo­bile sub­scrip­tion was RO7.2 in 2017, while it was RO27.1 for each fixed In­ter­net sub­scrip­tion and RO4.1 per fixed tele­phone sub­scrip­tion.

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