Oman's mobile phone users rise 6.4% to 5.6mn at end-2013 [IntelliNews - Weekly Reports]
(IntelliNews - Weekly Reports Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oman had 5.62mn mobile phone subscribers at end-2013, marking a 6.4% y/y increase and translating into a 153% penetration rate, the statistical office said in its monthly report. Pre-paid subscribers accounted for the bulk at 5.12mn (91% of the total), up 6.4%. Oman's two mobile operators, Omantel and Nawras had a total of 4.56mn pre-paid users and resellers had 568,444. Nawras is an affiliate of Qatar Telecommunications (Qtel).
Fixed-line users grew 15.4% y/y to 351,411 at end-2013 (9.6% penetration rate). The number of internet subscribers climbed 33% to 158,678 but the active mobile broadband subscriber base expanded 48% to 2.443mn.
Oman plans to offload a 19% stake in the country's largest mobile operator, Omantel, in a deal that could be worth USD 595mn, according to industry estimates.
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