Oman’s internet subscriber base exceeds 100,000

Internet subscriber base tops the 100,000 mark in Oman

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By  Derek Francis Published  March 4, 2008

Recent figures from Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) revealed the internet subscriber base in the Sultanate reached 102,657 in January 2008.

All types of internet service experienced a rise in demand, reported The Times Of Oman. The Omani incumbent revealed that just under half of all subscribers use a dial-up connection, while the Al Ufuq pre-paid card subscribers now top 24,700.

ASDL connections are the third most prevalent, amounting to 20,960 lines - up from 16,565 connections at the end of September 2007.

The remaining subscribers consisted of leased department, ‘Log & Surf' and other services, which numbered 299, 4,900 and 1,215 respectively.

The company is set to provide 180,000 new lines. In addition, it recently launched a WLL service to 377 rural areas; its Ibhar wi-fi service is proving popular and the rollout of additional wi-fi hotspots across the Sultanate is expected to propagate growth of high-speed connectivity. Omantel has launched a territory-wide campaign to promote the service.

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