Government departments, universities and commercial complexes expect download speeds of 1GB per second, and 80 per cent of heavily populated areas could benefit from download speeds of between 20MB per second (MB/s) and 100MB/s, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Omantel claims it is able to provide broadband services to 88 per cent of the population and is committed to expand its broadband networks, as it has already built mobile networks. The provider is gunning to supply broadband coverage to 95 per cent of the population.
A report by AREGNET, the Arab World’s communications regulatory network, shows that high-speed internet costs are highly competitive in Oman, which has driven prices to be among the lowest in the Gulf.
High usage residential and business broadband packages in Oman are the cheapest in the region, while mobile broadband in the Sultanate is the second most affordable out of the 22 countries surveyed.
The same study also highlights that broadband in Oman in the 2 MB/s to 8 MB/s speed range is the most competitive in the region for both business and residential customers.
Internet penetration overall stands at 68 per cent, which is approximately 2.1 million Omanis online, out of just over three million in total, according to internetworldstats.com.
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