State-owned Oman Broadband Company (OBC) has invested more than OMR90 million (USD233 million) in its operations since its establishment in 2014. Times of Oman reports that the wholesale operator had rolled out a total of 606,310 fibre-optic connections in the various governorates of the Sultanate by the end of 2022, reaching coverage of 52% of households. Of that figure, total fibre subscriptions reached 213,073 at 31 December 2022. According to the firm’s CEO Sultan bin Ahmed Al Wahaibi, OBC has embarked on a new expansion phase that will see a further 180,000 households gain access to its fibre-optic network between 2023 and 2025, increasing coverage to 66%.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that OBC was established in 2014 to construct and operate broadband infrastructure to be utilised by licensed telecoms operators and government institutions on an equal and non-discriminatory basis.