NCSI said that prepaid and postpaid fixed telephone lines till the end of March 2017 rose by 1.9 per cent to 302,660 compared to the end of 2016.
The fixed telephone lines connected to the Internet Protocol technology stood at 97,437 subscriptions. The sultanate had a total of 6,801 public telephones last year.
The number of integrated services digital networks stood at 44,633, a rise of 2.2 per cent whereas the fixed wireless lines rose by 2.2 per cent to 1,609. Meanwhile, the number of mobile subscribers at the end of March 2017 stood at 6,976,162 constituting a 1.6 per cent increase compared to the end of 2016.
The largest number was recorded in the prepaid segment at 6,348,089 comprising a 1.5 per cent growth compared to the end of 2016. The number of Internet subscribers stood at 301,872 at the end of March 2017.