Total E-Commerce Transactions Worth $236m in Oman in 2008

MUSCAT - E-commerce transactions in Oman totalled around $236 million in 2008, according to the results of a regional survey released here.

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Published: Sat 21 Mar 2009, 12:16 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 10:42 PM

The Arab Advisors Group which conducted the survey estimates that the number of Oman Internet users who use e-commerce is more than 158,000 which is around 5.62 per cent of the total Omani population.

The survey report, ‘Oman Internet Users and E-commerce Survey 2009’, provides the results of a major comprehensive online survey of Internet users in Oman.

Internet usage in Oman grew from 3.8 per cent in 2000 to 9.1 per cent in 2008 indicating an increased preference for online commerce.

The survey which covered Internet usage, e commerce, cellular and Pay TV usage and habits of the online community in Oman, is expected to provide insightful details which could be useful to relevant stakeholders in the information technology sector.

Revealing other details of the survey, Hussam al Barhoush, Arab Advisors Senior Research Analyst, said: “VoIP usage among Internet users reached 27.0 per cent. 20.7 per cent of total respondents use special software packages (Skype, GoogleTalk, ) to make calls through the Internet. The majority of respondents (73.0 per cent) do not make calls through the Internet.”

Meanwhile, it has also come to light that with the increased Internet usage, the opportunities for cyber crime have also increased with spam peaking at 92 million a day. Cyber security specialists Trend Micro said that in the last month alone, the company has cleaned more than 350,000 affected computers in the Middle East, and 8,740 of those were in Oman.

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