FACT FILE: OMAN
4,613,241 (July 2017 est.)
POPULATION GROWTH RATE:
2.03% (2017 est.)
84.5% of total population (2018)
24 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
25.6 years (2017 est.)
TELEPHONES – FIXED LINES:
13 subscriptions per 100 people (July 2016 est.)
6,866,260 total subscriptions
201 subscriptions per 100 people (July 2016 est.)
Oman’s modern telephone system consists of open-wire, microwave, and radiotelephone communication stations. There are limited coaxial cable connections, and there is a domestic satellite system with eight earth stations. Fixed-line and mobile-cellular subscribership are both increasing with fixed-line phone service gradually being introduced to remote villages using wireless local loop systems. The FIBREOPTIC Link Around the Globe (FLAG) and the SEA-ME-WE-3 submarine cables provide connectivity to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Oman has three satellite earth stations: two Intelsat in the Indian Ocean, and one 1 Arabsat (2016 analysis).
There is one state-run TV broadcaster. Oman also has TV stations transmitting from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other nearby nations available via satellite TV. While state-run radio operates multiple stations, the first private radio station began operating in 2007, and several additional stations now operating.
69.8% of total population (July 2016 est.) Worldwide country rank: 108
Muscat, Oman. Photo credit: Ben Mack