Muscat: There has been a 3.3 per cent rise in the number of fixed telephone lines at the end of January 2017 against a year ago, according to latest data.
The number which stood at 465,721 at the end of 2016, has grown to 481,029, according to the figures issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Pre-paid and post-paid fixed telephone lines rose by 0.6 per cent to 298,755 lines as at the end of January 2017 compared to the end of 2016.
The fixed telephone lines connected to the Internet Protocol (IP) stood at 136.005. The Sultanate had a total of 6,801 public telephones last year.
The number of integrated services digital networks stood at 37,885, a rise by 1.5 per cent, whereas the wireless fixed lines rose by 0.6 per cent to stood at 1.583 lines.
Meanwhile, the number of mobile subscribers as at the end of January 2017 stood 6,887,674 constituting an increase by 0.3 per cent compared to the end of the last year.
The largest number was recorded in the pre-paid mobile subscribers to 6,271,457, comprising a rise by 0.3 per cent compared as at the end of 2016.
The number of Internet subscribers stood at 289,525 at the end of January 2017, while the number of the fixed broadband subscribers including DSL and leased lines stood at 287,010.
The active mobile broadband subscribers declined by 4.1 per cent to 3,774,910, compared with figures at the end of 2016.