|[October 12, 2017]
Saudi Arabia Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Statistics and Analyses 2017 - Research and Markets
Arabia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses"
report has been added to Research and Markets' offering.
Fingerprinting law impacts upon mobile subscriber growth in Saudi Arabia
The mobile sector has become an important component of Saudi Arabia's
telecom industry and contributes around 75% to overall telecoms
revenues. The popularity of mobile technology is also driving up
Internet usage as Saudi Arabia has a very high mobile phone penetration
coupled with a high ownership of smart phones. This has led to a growth
in Internet usage in recent years and a rising demand on mobile
However, the growth of the mobile sector recently faltered due primarily
to a regulatory change. In order to tighten control and security of
mobile phone usage and ownership; in early 2016 the Saudi Ministry of
Interior began implementing its biometric fingerprinting law. The law
was originally passed in September 2015 and requires consumers to supply
their fingerprint when purchasing a SIM card, with the information being
shared with the National Information Centre. The law resulted in a
marked decline in mobile subscribers in 2016, including mobile broadband
Broadband penetration is growin strongly in Saudi Arabia. Broadband is
available via ADSL, fibre, and wireless. In 2017 ADSL subscriptions
still account for the largest proportion of fixed broadband
Looking at the larger picture; Saudi Arabia has its sights firmly set
upon improving its economic strength and diversifying away from its
reliance on oil. The government has developed the Saudi Arabia Vision
2030 program which provides the country with a roadmap of goals and
objectives for the future improvement of Saudi Arabia. Supporting the
use of digital technologies such as cloud computing and encouraging ICT
development feature heavily in Saudi Arabia's vision for the future.
In 2017 both STC and Zain (News - Alert) Saudi Arabia forged managed services
partnerships which will see their networks upgraded and improved. Zain
signed a five-year deal with Ericsson and STC formed a three-year
partnership with Cisco (News - Alert).
Saudi Arabia's regulator, the CITC, has raised the possibility of
regulating cloud computing in order to promote and encourage its
In February 2017 Go Telecom's losses were exceeding its capital.
In December 2016, the SeaMeWe-5 submarine cable system was completed.
SeaMeWe-5 connects Saudi Arabia as well as 15 other countries.
In 2016 STC purchased a further 25.8% share of Kuwait's Viva giving
STC a 51.8% stake.
In late 2016 the Saudi government planned to award unified licenses to
Zain Saudi Arabia, Mobily and GO Telecom, which would allow the
operators to offer fixed line telephony services. In the past only STC
was permitted to do so.
Saudi Telecom (News - Alert) Company (STC)/Bravo
Integrated Telecom Company (ITC)/Bayn Consortium
GO Telecom/Etihad Atheeb
Mobily/Ettihad Etisalat (News - Alert)/Bayanat Al-Oula
Lebara KSA/Etihad Jawraa
Virgin Mobile (News - Alert) M
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