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(MENAFN) A consortium including Awaser Oman Co and Hong Kong's PCCW International has won a fixed-line telecommunications licence from Oman regulator, Reuters reported.

Oman's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said the 25-year licence targets the greater Muscat area.

The Governorate of Muscat is home to about a quarter of Oman's estimated 2.8 million people.

The licence will enable the consortium to compete against Oman Telecommunications Co (Omantel) and Nawras, a subsidiary of Qatar Telecom (Qtel) in providing fixed-line data and voice services.

Fixed-line take-up has been sluggish, with a penetration of only 10.7 percent at the end of June, compared to 180 percent for the mobile phone service. Just over a quarter of households are using the Internet on a fixed connection.

However, fixed-line Internet services are lucrative, with a monthly average revenue per user (ARPU) of USD83.30 in the second quarter, up 1.3 percent from the previous quarter.

 






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