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It will reduce link costs and bandwidth rates, improve user experience

Al-Swaha: “Saudi Arabian Internet Exchange is an initiative to boost Internet quality”

14 Nov 2018
Al-Swaha: “Saudi Arabian Internet Exchange is an initiative to boost Internet quality”
Al-Swaha: “Saudi Arabian Internet Exchange is an initiative to boost Internet quality”
Al-Swaha: “Saudi Arabian Internet Exchange is an initiative to boost Internet quality”
Al-Swaha: “Saudi Arabian Internet Exchange is an initiative to boost Internet quality”
Al-Swaha: “Saudi Arabian Internet Exchange is an initiative to boost Internet quality”
Al-Swaha: “Saudi Arabian Internet Exchange is an initiative to boost Internet quality”

The Saudi Arabian Internet Exchange (SAIX) -a national flagship initiative- has been inaugurated by Minister of Communications and Information Technology His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Al- Swaha, and President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) His Highness Prince Turki Al Saud on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The SAIX initiative is sponsored by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), with the participation of KACST, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) and the success partnership of telecom operators in the Kingdom.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology HE Eng. Haitham Al-Ohali, Governor of CITC HE Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Ruwais, and the CEOs of STC, Mobily, Zain, and ITC, in addition to a number of senior officials and stakeholders in the ICT sector.

Eng. Al-Swaha noted that the launch of the SAIX is part of the MCIT’s initiatives under the National Transformation Program 2020 geared toward realizing the Vision 2030, including providing high-speed Internet services in all the regions of the Kingdom, and increasing the percentage of Internet users in the Kingdom from 63% currently to 85% by the end of 2020. He stressed the importance of this initiative in improving the performance of Internet services, increasing the number of users, and enabling the Kingdom to become the digital hub of the region. He also emphasized the significant role played by the SAIX in connecting Internet operators and service providers in the Kingdom and limiting the traffic of local network to be within the Kingdom, which will improve cyber security and privacy, support the easy flow of Internet, provide better service, reduce disruptions, and contribute to the orderly growth of the network without obstacles or complications, and will reduce the disadvantages that hinder the maximum utilization of Internet services.

The Minister extended his deep thanks and appreciation to the President of KACST and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Development and Technical Investment Company (Taqnia), which implemented and operated the SAIX at its headquarters in KACST in Riyadh, commending the role of the CITC and the success partners for their role in executing this ambitious project with sincere national efforts to support the independence and privacy of Internet traffic in the Kingdom.

For his part, HH Prince Turki Al Saud highlighted that the goal of the SAIX is to boost the speed and smooth flow of data and information within the Kingdom, as well as to enable digital services in the ICT sector.

Prince Turki pointed out that KACST's role at the national level is to transfer and localize technology in the Kingdom because it has the great expertise and potentials that are harnessed to the government and private sectors to achieve the aspirations of the Vision 2030. He noted KACST's contribution in building the technical infrastructure of the SAIX, where all data service providers within the Kingdom have been connected under the supervision and operation of national cadres trained at the highest international standards.

 
The inauguration of the SAIX is in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the MCIT and Taqnia in October 2016. In May 2017, the execution phase of the SAIX was completed, followed by working with data providers within the Kingdom to communicate and enable IXP services as a starting point for the initiative.

The Saudi Arabian Internet Exchange (SAIX) is a national initiative developed by the MCIT to establish a neutral and non-profit Internet exchange in the Kingdom with a view to enable the development of the ICT sector. Basically, an Internet exchange (IX) consists of a network switch that connects networks and operators to the infrastructure and allows for the exchange of Internet traffic in a symmetrical manner (Peering), which boosts network performance by reducing the delay and decreasing the number of midpoints, in addition to localizing content; this achieves many direct and indirect advantages for the member and the Internet ecosystem around the IX, including ensuring the exchange of Internet traffic with other members locally and nationally, and so avoid the use of expensive lines or international IXs and reduce linking costs and bandwidth rates, particularly for operators because they can meet at one point of connection and exchange traffic with each other, which reduces the costs of drilling and capacity, improve the quality for Internet user’s experience and networks while shortening access time and having better options for routing between networks.

Minister of ICT Ministry of ICT KACST Vision 2030 National Transformation Program 2020 SAIX

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