FACT FILE: OMAN

Comms MEA - - Oman Country Profile - SOURCE: CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

POP­U­LA­TION:

4,613,241 (July 2017 est.)

POP­U­LA­TION GROWTH RATE:

2.03% (2017 est.)

UR­BAN­I­SA­TION:

84.5% of to­tal pop­u­la­tion (2018)

BIRTH RATE:

24 births/1,000 pop­u­la­tion (2017 est.)

ME­DIAN AGE:

25.6 years (2017 est.)

TELEPHONES – FIXED LINES:

13 sub­scrip­tions per 100 peo­ple (July 2016 est.)

MO­BILE PHONES:

6,866,260 to­tal sub­scrip­tions

201 sub­scrip­tions per 100 peo­ple (July 2016 est.)

GEN­ERAL AS­SESS­MENT:

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).

BROAD­CAST ME­DIA:

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.

IN­TER­NET USERS:

2,342,483 to­tal

69.8% of to­tal pop­u­la­tion (July 2016 est.) World­wide coun­try rank: 108

Mus­cat, Oman. Photo credit: Ben Mack

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