QATAR’S ICT LANDSCAPE 2019: HOUSEHOLDS AND INDIVIDUALS
Qatar’s ICT Landscape 2019: Households and Individuals report examines ICT access and usage behavior and pattern of individuals in the state of Qatar and is based on a study by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC). The inputs of the report not only aid to frame relevant policies and programs but also cater to the data for the core ICT indicators with international organizations.
Qatar has made significant advancement in ICT development over the past decade and this report demonstrates further progress in the year 2018. That is, in addition to achieving 100% in mobile phone usage, the broadband services of Qatar have increased significantly. Also, from the results of 2018 Households and Individuals Survey, the spread of internet usage established that 94% of the population in Qatar has access to internet, compared to 38% in 2008. Thus, the country continues to reap the benefits of solid infrastructure base that enhanced the ecosystem for online services.
The survey findings indicate that all the segments of Qatar’s population have access to internet-enabled ICT devices. While the basic devices such as mobile phones are accessed by 100% population, the adoption of smart devices such as smartphones, smart TVs, and smart wearables have increased significantly among the households of Qatar, with penetrations 99.7%, 56% and 12%, respectively. Yet, the computer penetration among households in Qatar is observed at 88% in 2018, keeping the country ahead of the benchmarked countries such as Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. The devices that are leading in the computer adoption are the portable devices like laptops and tablets, at 80% and 59%, respectively.
The report also reveals that there is an increased adoption of portable and smart devices among the households of Qatar. The increased smart device adoption has resulted in high usage of mobile internet and Wi-Fi through fixed broadband which are the most commonly used internet connection types among households in Qatar. Thus, the internet penetration at household level in Qatar reached to 94%, which placed the country ahead of many benchmarked countries, including Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden and the UK.
The ascent in internet connectivity is also established through the survey. Ninety-five percent of households that have internet use internet connection with speeds of 8 Mbps or more, whilst 34% of households are connected to speeds of 16 Mbps or more. The percentage of households connected to high speed internet (4 Mbps or more) has increased from 16% in 2013 to 96% in 2018 as an outcome of the ICT thrive.
An interesting observation is that 100% of individuals have accessed internet in last 3 months. While the most popular online tasks among the population of Qatar continues to be participating in social networking and sending/receiving emails. Also, the usage of advanced online services has observed to have a significant increase, with e-commerce services leading in terms of usage. 38% of the population use e-commerce services while 31% use online banking services. Largely, this extent of digitization has become possible due to various initiatives such as Digital Inclusion Strategy, Digital literacy, ICT skills development, Qatar’s e-commerce program implemented by MOTC for enhancing the online security and privacy ecosystem in Qatar. This is also reflected in the higher level of confidence expressed by Qatar’s population, with more than 60% feeling secure while browsing the internet.
Apart from the above significant observations, the ICT landscape survey also yielded two important aspects pertaining to ICT artefact, while analyzing the results from current and previous years across households and individuals in Qatar - i) connectivity on the go, anytime, anywhere ii) build on the momentum of advanced services usage.
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