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Fixed telephone lines in Oman increase 3 per cent


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Muscat: Subscribers of the fixed phone service in the Sultanate stood at 362,273 at the end of May 2014 against 351,411 at the end of December 2013, constituting a rise of 3.1 per cent.

Statistics issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) pointed out that subscribers of billed fixed phone service in the Sultanate stood at 280,671 at the end of May 2014 against 271,400 subscribers at the end of 2013.

Subscribers of pre-paid fixed phone service (Sahl) stood at 27,421 against 25,829 at the end of 2013. The number of public phones all over the Sultanate stood at 6,801. The number of integrated services digital networks (ISDN) stood at 45,534 while the number of fixed wireless lines stood at 1,846.

The statistics also pointed out that the number of fixed telephone lines subscribers in the Governorate of Muscat stood at 176,670 by the end of May 2014, followed by the Governorate of Dhofar 27,540, the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah 22,134, the Governorate of South Al Batinah 20,986, the Governorate of North Al Batinah 20,777, the Governorate of North A'Sharqiyah 14,993, the Governorate of A'Dhahirah 8,371, the Governorate of Al Buraimi 7,315, the Governorate of South A'Sharqiyah 5,016, the Governorate of Musandam 3,421 and finally the Governorate of Al Wusta 869.

Pre-paid GSM service
Subscribers of billed and pre-paid GSM service stood at 5,880,344 at the end of May 2014, compared to 5,617,426 by the end of 2013, constituting an increase of 4.7 per cent.

Subscribers of billed GSM service stood at 509,141 by the end of May 2014 against 495,703 during 2013, constituting an increase of 2.7 per cent. Subscribers of pre-paid GSM service rose by 4.9 per cent to 5,371,203 against 5,121,723 by the end of 2013.

The statistics also pointed out that the total subscribers of internet at the end of May 2014 stood at 171,687 compared to 158,678 subscribers at the end of 2013, constituting an increase of 8.2 per cent.

The number of subscribers of phone internet service at the end of May 2014 stood at 4,009 compared to 4,388 during 2013, a decline by 8.6 per cent, which included 3,814 subscribers of billed service 3,814 and 195 of pre-paid cards.

Subscribers of fixed broadband service stood at 167,678 at the end of May 2014, compared to 154,290 at the end of 2013. The number of active subscribers of mobile broadband stood at 2,580,485 at the end of May 2014 compared to 2,443,296 at the end of 2013.

The number of leased internet lines subscribers stood at 3,734 at the end of May 2014, compared to 3,647 in 2013.

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