The population of Oman has grown more than 8% per year over the past four years, according to the World Bank, and the NCSI forecasts further growth of 2.4m by 2040. This upwards trend, coupled with a burgeoning tourism sector will concentrate human capital in major cities as well create new urban centers such as the being built Madinat Al Irfan, Omagine and Mina Sultan Qaboos. Estimates suggest that by then, about 95% of these rural areas will have some fast broadband connection, via satellite or mobile broadband coverage, if not by fibre optic. By global standards, Oman’s level of ICT development is good. In its “Global Information Technology Report 2015”, the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked the sultanate 44th for “networked readiness”, that is, the ability of a country to leverage the opportunities presented by ICT. Nonetheless, the room for growing ICT use and building up the market for hardware and ICT services of all kinds is still expansive. The WEF’s “Global IT Readiness Report 2014” estimated that 62.7% of households in the sultanate have access to a personal computer, with 60% using the internet. Progress is also ongoing in the development of the regulatory environment, under pillar four, including the adoption of a shared platform for government organizations.

*Source: http://www.oxfordbusinessgroup.com/oman-2016

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