The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) continuing survey in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology on the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in the Sultanate. The survey, which started on February 14, will continue until February 25, 2021.
This is in order to provide many important indicators about the extent to which individuals and families (both Omani and expatriate) in the Sultanate use information and communication technology and the extent to which they own the most important tools, such as: the percentage of families and individuals (18 years and above) access to the Internet, the reasons that may hinder the access of families and individuals to the Internet. The most prominent areas of individuals use of the Internet, especially with regard to interacting with electronic government services, buying or selling goods through websites, use of electronic services related to travel and hotel reservation services, and educational purposes, percentages of individuals' Participating in social networks (e.g. Creating user profile, posting messages or other contributions to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.).
The sample consists of 2,500 Omanis and expatriates aged 18 years and above in all governorates of the Sultanate. The survey is conducted in three languages, namely Arabic, English and Urdu.
It will provide the survey also indications about the proportions of the possession and use of smart phones, and its various applications, and the proportions of households that are available have a computer (desktop, laptop, or tablet device) and the proportion of individuals who use the computer, and will also provide ratios on how well individual skills in basic computer use Such as: sending an email, using simple mathematical formulas in calculation programs (such as Excel), creating electronic presentations, writing a computer program using a specialized programming language, and other skills, the percentages of individuals' ownership and use of smart and non-smart phones.
The indicators, that the indicators available from such a survey will be relied upon and used by many international institutions, such as the International Telecommunication Union, to determine what has been achieved in all countries of the world regarding the use of information and communication technology, and to arrange countries according to their achievement in this important field.