ICT Indicators in K.S.A by end Q2-2017
The Communication and Information Technology Commission released its Report for Telecom and Information Technology sector in the Kingdom by end Q2-2017.
The E-Newsletter includes a statement on Mobile Telecommunications, Fixed Telephony and Broadband Services, Internet Services Market.

1- Mobile Telecommunications Market:

​The total number of mobile subscriptions reached around 43.63 million by the end Q2-2017, with population penetration rate of 137%. Prepaid subscriptions constitute the majority (over 78%) of all mobile subscriptions.

2- Fixed Telephony Market:


Fixed telephone lines reached 3.75 million by the end Q2-2017, of which around 1.95 million were residential lines, This represents a household teledensity of around 32.9%.

3- Broadband Services Market:


Recently, demand for broadband services has increased significantly compared to previous years, due to the society's need for broadband services, especially after the government strong support for high tech projects which require good digital infrastructure. In addition, many government services are being accessed through e-government transactions. The widespread use of Internet in society is another factor that led to this growth, where the Internet has become a major source of hundreds of thousands of applications that are downloaded to smart devices such as social networking, business applications, text messaging, security tools, games and more. This has driven service providers to provide many broadband packages targeting different user segments

3-1 Fixed Broadband Services :


Fixed broadband subscriptions including DSL, fixed wireless (WiMax), FTTx and other fixed lines have decreased to around
3.25 million subscriptions at the end Q2-2017. The Fixed broadband penetration rate stands at about 44.2% of households.

3-2 Mobile Broadband Services :

The total number of mobile broadband subscriptions decreased and reached around 25.25 million by the end Q2-2017, representing a population penetration rate of 79.6 %. The mobile broadband market also continues to gain momentum in the Kingdom. The key reasons for this include strong competition, the healthy expansion in the use of smart phones, and the offering of various data packages by mobile operators suitable for different user segments. These have led to a dramatic rise in the number of users in recent years, and an increase in the data traffic over these devices, supported by the wide coverage of the 3G and 4G networks.


4- Internet Services Market:

  The number of Internet users in the Kingdom continues to rise rapidly, reaching about 24.1 million at the end Q2-2017, with a population penetration of 76%. Increased demand for Internet services and broadband was observed due to high use of social networking applications, video downloading and gaming. Customers are seeking higher speeds and larger packages resulting in heavy data traffic on both mobile and fixed networks.It is expected that the demand for Internet services will continue to increase significantly over the next few years as a result of the availability of high speed fiber-optic networks (FTTx), increased Internet content, and the continued spread of handheld smart devices and applications.