MTC and NCSI Start measuring Access to and use of ICT by Households and Individuals

MTC and NCSI Start measuring Access to and use of ICT by Households and Individuals

February 10, 2020

With the aim of updating the indicators of the access to and use of ICT by households and individuals in the sultanate and to provide the required data for decision makers to formulate the related policies, the ministry of Technology and Communications) MTC (and the National Center for Statistics and Information) NCSI (started to conduct a survey to measure the access to and use of ICT by households and individuals 2020 as a continuous practice for future improvement and planning.

A random sample of individuals of 18 years old and above will be interviewed through telephone calls during the period from 20-9 February 2020 representing Omani and non-Omani in all the Sultanate governorates.

The survey seeks to identify the percentage of the access to the internet by households and individuals as well as the main reasons hindering them from accessing the internet. it will also measure the extent to which individuals use the social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram etc.… the survey is expected to provide significant indicators about the percentages of owning and using computer, smartphones and its different applications along with the levels of main skills in using ICT such as sending emails, using simple mathematical formulas in the computational programs like Excel in addition to the measuring the level of advanced skills such as creating PowerPoints, and using programming languages.

The survey form was designed based on international standards and definitions of the indicators related to the access to and a use of information and communications technology approved by the International Telecommunication Union. The survey results will enable comparisons at international levels through reflecting the achieved developments in the ICT field as well as updating the sultanate’s data in the international organizations report.

It is worth noting that the survey will be carried out in three languages: (Arabic, English and Urdu) and the respondents will be contacted during the official working hours from 8 am to 2:30 pm via phone number: XXXXX. The Ministry and the National Center for Statistics and Information urge all individuals to cooperate with the working team, and assure them that all data will be treated confidentially and will be used for the intended purposes only.