Saudi Arabia ICT

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With fixed-line telecoms declining and mobile penetration at the saturation point, what are telecoms firms doing to develop new revenue streams?


Cloud computing could be one of the keys that will help create a smarter and more efficient Saudi Arabia. However, the authorities recognise that any plans for cloud technology need to be balanced with national security concerns. When the Ministry of Interior chaired a meeting to discuss the implications of the cloud in November 2014, it...


With two new players entering the market, a major mobile operator dealing with fallout from systematically overstating revenues while understating costs, and the third mobile licence operator continuing to operate at a loss since its launch seven years ago, the Saudi telecoms sector is experiencing interesting times.


With the arrival of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) targeting those with less to spend on telephony, the Kingdom’s larger operators are hoping to garner profits from contracts with more lucrative segments of the population including businesses and corporate clients. Their strategy is driven in part by the Saudi government’s expansive...

Chapter | Telecoms & IT from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015

Competition in Saudi Arabia’s telecoms sector continues to grow, with companies continually seeking to invest in the infrastructure that will connect customers to a broader range of communications services. As the number of mobile internet users continues to rise, the Kingdom’s operators are seeing demand for traditional voice and text services become gradually displaced by data services and...

The accession of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in January 2015 was the start of a new chapter for the Kingdom, and with the fall in global oil prices and continued regional turbulence there are undoubtedly challenges to be met. However, domestic stability, combined with the government’s commitment to major development projects and sustained focus on economic diversification, indicate a positive overall outlook for the country moving forward. 

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