Muscat: The total number of fixed telephone lines in Oman, including post and prepaid lines, public telephones, ISDN and WLL connections as of May this year stood at 445,319, marking slight a decline from April 2016, when the number of lines was pegged at 450,443.
However, the number of fixed paid lines increased to 339,789 lines in May from 336,175 in April, according to recent statistics published by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Mobile phone subscribers too registered a marginal increase in May over April figures, with total post and prepaid subscribers reaching over 6.67 million, compared with 6.66 million in April.
Post-paid subscriptions rose to 599,611 from April’s 597,732, while prepaid connections increased to 6.07 million from 6.06 million over the April to May period.
Internet dial-up subscribers fell to 2,641 in May from 2,656 in April; while fixed broadband subscribers rose to 258,254 from April’s 254,178 subscribers.
Active mobile broadband subscriptions surpassed 3.387 million in May, up from 3.385 million in the prior month.
The number of national leased circuits and public pay telephones stood at 3,858, and 6,801 respectively. ISDN channels and WLL connections fell to 36,876 and 1,501 in May from 45,238 and 1,754, respectively in April.