Oman’s telecom sector remained positive for the year 2012. Both major operators showed growth in revenues and earnings as compared to the results of 2011. The industry posted growth of 9.7% in active mobile subscribers and 6% in fixed-line subscriptions over the last year. Internet usage, including broadband subscriptions, rose to 21% during the year.
Due to the liberalization of international telephony and the relaxation of some of the VoIP services resulting in the reduction of international calling rates, international traffic volumes have grown considerably. Outgoing international traffic rose by 62%, although there was a decline of 15% in international incoming traffic.
The TRA remained committed to supporting industry initiatives for expanding services to wider geographical areas and population, improving service quality, and promoting consumer interest.