Oman ranks 18th in Asia in DQL Index

Muscat, The Gulf Observer: Oman has been ranked 18th in Asia in the Digital Quality of Life (DQL) Index.

The fifth annual study ranked 121 countries by their digital wellbeing based on five core pillars with the Sultanate of Oman climbing overall four places globally from last year’s ranking to reach 61st in the world.

Out of the Index’s five pillars of ranking, Oman performed best in internet affordability, with a global 40th rank, but faced challenges in e-security, as it is ranked 88th.

Oman is placed 43rd in e-infrastructure, 53rd in e-government, and 74th in internet quality. In the overall Index, UAE is placed 38th while Saudi Arabia is 45th. Singapore is ranked No.1 in Asia.

According to the report, fixed internet averages 89 Mbps in Oman while mobile Internet averages 104 Mbps. Since last year, mobile internet speed in Oman has improved by 14 percent, while fixed broadband speed has grown by 31 percent. The report said that the internet is affordable in Oman compared to other countries.

In e-security, Oman improved by three places to reach 88th in the world. The e-security pillar measures how well a country is prepared to counter cybercrime, as well as how advanced a country’s data protection laws are. Oman outperforms the UAE, which ranks 90th, but lags behind Saudi Arabia, which takes 42nd place in the e-security pillar.