ICT Indicators in K.S.A by end of 2016
The Communication and Information Technology Commission released its Report for Telecom and Information Technology sector in the Kingdom by end of 2016.
 
The E-Newsletter includes a statement on Mobile Telecommunications, Fixed Telephony and Broadband Services, Internet Services Market.
 
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1- Mobile Telecommunications Market:

 
​The total number of mobile subscriptions reached around 47.9 million by the end of 2016, with population penetration rate of 151%. Prepaid subscriptions constitute the majority (over 82%) of all mobile subscriptions.
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2- Fixed Telephony Market:

 

Fixed telephone lines reached 3.65 million by the end of 2016, of which around 1.9 million or 52 % were residential lines, This represents a household teledensity of around 32.3%, while the population teledensity is about 11.5%, taking into consideration the growth in the number of households.
 
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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
3.29 million subscriptions at the end of 2016. The Fixed broadband penetration rate stands at about 46.8% of households.
 
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3-2 Mobile Broadband Services :



The total number of mobile broadband subscriptions decreased and reached around 23.9 million by the end of 2016, representing a population penetration rate of 75.2%. 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.

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4- Internet Services Market:



  The number of Internet users in the Kingdom continues to rise rapidly, reaching about 24 million at the end of 2016, with a population penetration of 74.9%. 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.
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