Muscat: Subscribers of the fixed phone service in the Sultanate stood at 337,933 at the end of July 2013 against 304,545 at the end of December 2012, constituting a rise by 11.0 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 258,502 at the end of July 2013 against 225,922 subscribers at the end of 2012.
Subscribers of pre-paid fixed phone service (Sahl) stood at 25,520 against 26,065 in 2012. The number of public phones all over the Sultanate stood at 6,801. The number of integrated services digital networks (ISDN) stood at 45,282 compared to 43,888 at the end of 2012.
The statistics also pointed out that the number of fixed telephone lines subscribers in the Governorate of Muscat stood at 161,562 by the end of July 2013, followed by the Governorates of South and North Al Batinah 38,607, the Governorate of Dhofar 25,073, the Governorate of A'Dakhiliyah 21,271, the Governorates of South and North A'Sharqiyah 18,485, the Governorate of A'Dhahirah 8,127, the Governorate of Al Buraimi 6,965, the Governorate of Musandam 3,256 and the Governorate of Al Wusta 676.
Subscribers of billed and pre-paid GSM service stood at 5,453,293 at the end of July 2013 compared to 5,277,591 by the end of 2012, constituting a rise by 3.3 per cent. Subscribers of billed GSM service stood at 489,370 by the end of July 2013 against 464,670 during 2012, constituting a rise by 5.3 per cent.
Pre-paid GSM service
Subscribers of pre-paid GSM service rose by 3.1 per cent to 4,963,923 against 4,812,921 by the end of 2012.
The number of subscribers of phone internet service at the end of July 2013 stood at 4,780 compared to 6,074 during 2012, a decline by 21.3 per cent, which include subscribers of billed service 4,464 and subscribers of pre-paid cards 316.
Subscribers of fixed broadband service stood at 136,605 at the end of July 2013 compared to 113,324 at the end of 2012.
The total number of active subscribers in mobile broadband Internet stood at 2,109,887) as at the end of July 2013 compared to 1,646,098 during 2012.