‘Saudi Arabia has almost double international rate of smartphones’

A Saudi man checks his mobile in the Saudi capital Riyadh, in this September 28, 2017 photo. (AFP)
Updated 20 December 2017

‘Saudi Arabia has almost double international rate of smartphones’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has more than 44 million mobile phone subscribers and an 88 percent rate of smartphone ownership, which is almost double the international average, according to the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).
CITC Gov. Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais said at a press conference on Monday that creating an environment which attracted local and international investors and strengthened their trust was a key part of Vision 2030’s goals for the communications and information technology sector.
The deputy governor of the organization and competition sector, Mohammed Al-Tamimi, revealed that mobile phone subscriptions during the third quarter of 2017 reached 44.04 million, 75 percent of which represented prepaid subscriptions (33 million subscribers), and 25 percent of which were post-paid subscriptions. This showed that the prevalence of mobile phones was very high with a rate of 138.7 percent.
Al-Tamimi said that the prevalence of smartphones in the Kingdom had reached 88 percent, which is a relatively high compared to the international average of 45 percent.
He said that up until the end of 2016 the number of Internet users had reached 24 million, with a prevalence of 74 percent. The international connection capacity average in 2016 was raised to about 3,185 gigabytes per second, up from 1,484 gigabytes per second in 2015, he said.
Al-Tamimi said that the CITC had taken three main initiatives. The first was organizing the market and promoting competition by overseeing controls to mitigate spam messages and by promoting transparency, clarity and the policy of fair use.
The second focused on promoting infrastructure and enabling technology by deploying broadband services, and through infrastructure and participation. The third initiative focused on protecting users by updating the regulations that looked after users’ rights and launching an index to classify service providers.


Egyptian envoy meets Saudi foreign minister

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Farouk Mohammed Tawfik in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 19 November 2019

Egyptian envoy meets Saudi foreign minister

  • The foreign minister appreciated the outgoing envoy’s efforts in strengthening the ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan

RIYADH: Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Farouk Mohammed Tawfik called on Saudi Foreign Minister  Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Riyadh on Monday. They reviewed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them. They also discussed issues of mutual interest.
The foreign minister also held a separate meeting with Mexican Ambassador-designate Anibal Toledo. He presented a copy of his credentials to Prince Faisal prior to submitting them to King Salman.
Sudanese Ambassador Abdulazim Al-Sadiq Al-Karoori called on Prince Faisal bin Farhan to bid him farewell. The foreign minister appreciated the outgoing envoy’s efforts in strengthening the ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan.