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Subscriber base in Oman's telecom services rises marginally


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Muscat: Subscribers of the landline phone service in Oman stood at 359,688 at the end of April 2014, against 351,411 at the end of December 2013, thus reflecting a rise of 2.4 per cent.

Statistics issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) pointed out that the subscribers of billed fixed line phone service stood at 279,154 at the end of April 2014 against 271,400 subscribers at the end of 2013.

Sahl service
Subscribers of pre-paid fixed phone service (Sahl) stood at 26,398, against 25,829 such connections during the corresponding period in 2013. The number of public phones in the Sultanate stood at 6,801. The number of integrated services digital networks (ISDN) stood at 45,506 while the number of fixed wireless lines stood at 1,829.

The statistics also pointed out that the number subscribers of fixed telephone lines in the Governorate of Muscat stood at 175,057 by the end of April 2014, followed by the Governorate of Dhofar (27,279), the Governorate of A'Dakhiliyah (21,943), the Governorate of South Al Batinah (20,803), the Governorate of North Al Batinah (20,719), the Governorate of North A'Sharqiyah (14,961), the Governorate of A'Dhahirah (8,391), the Governorate of Al Buraimi (7,293), the Governorate of South A'Sharqiyah (4,960), the Governorate of Musandam (3,394), and the Governorate of Al Wusta at 852. Subscribers of billed and pre-paid GSM service stood at 5,808,758 at the end of April 2014 compared with 5,617,426 by the end of 2013, witnessing a rise of 3.4 per cent.

Subscribers of billed GSM service stood at 506,055 at the end of April 2014 against 495,703 during 2013, constituting an increase of 2.1 per cent.

Subscribers of pre-paid GSM service rose by 3.5 per cent to 5,302,703 against 5,121,723 at the end of 2013.
The statistics also pointed out that the total subscribers of internet at the end of April 2014 stood at 171,283 compared with 158,678 at the end of 2013, constituting a rise of 8.4 per cent.

Internet service
The number of subscribers of phone Internet service at the end of April 2014 stood at 4,045 compared with 4,388 during 2013, a decline of 7.8 per cent, which included 3,873 subscribers of billed service and 172 subscribers of pre-paid cards.

Subscribers of fixed broadband service stood at 167,238 at the end of April 2014 compared with 54,290, at the end of 2013.

The number of active subscribers of mobile broadband stood at 2,533,212 at the end of April 2014 compared with 2,443,296 at the end of 2013.

The number of leased Internet lines subscribers stood at 3,734 at the end of April 2014 compared with 3,647 subscribers in 2013, the NCSI data revealed.

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