Saudi ranked second among G20 countries in awarding radio spectrum
Saudi Arabia has made the largest breakthrough among the G20 countries, in terms of the amount of radio spectrum awarded to operators in globally identified frequency bands for public mobile telecommunication services, according to global radio spectrum allocation reports.
Since the end of Q2 2019, the Kingdom has been ranked second on the list following Japan. This comes as a direct result of the Kingdom’s efforts to implement the National Spectrum Plan and the National Transformation Program 2020 initiatives, specifically, the coordinated plans that were developed and executed to identify and reallocate a large number of frequency bands, as part of the Kingdom’s continuous efforts to improve the quality and speed of Internet services.
In this regard, Dr. Abdulaziz Al Ruwais, governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), affirmed, “The Kingdom’s ICT sector enjoys the support and empowerment of its leadership, which directly resulted in creating this breakthrough, putting the Kingdom amongst the most advanced countries in this vital sector.”
He also commended the efforts of all concerned government sectors and the fruitful cooperation between them in implementing this project.
The Global Broadband Speed Test, Speedtest.net, has recently revealed that the Kingdom has succeeded in increasing the average speed of Mobile Internet services from 9.2 by the end of September 2017, to 37.5 Mbps by the end of May 2019.