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Minister of ICT inspects fiber-optic projects in Madina

02 Jul 2018
Minister of ICT inspects fiber-optic projects in Madina
Minister of ICT inspects fiber-optic projects in Madina
Minister of ICT inspects fiber-optic projects in Madina
Minister of ICT inspects fiber-optic projects in Madina

HE Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha Minister of Communications and Information Technology, asserted that the Kingdom is accelerating efforts to reinforce its presence in all fields. He indicated that Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 has promoted digital transformation significantly, noting that after the United Nations listed the Kingdom among the most mature countries in the telecommunications sector, it is on the threshold of a new phase that requires exploring all areas of development in this field in partnership with the relevant sectors, in order to strengthen and promote this global position and to reflect one of the objectives for the sector’s strategic orientations, “Empowering digital Saudi.”

This came during an inspection field visit by His Excellency Eng. Al-Swaha on Monday, 2 July 2018, during which he was briefed on the work of the fiber-optic broadband project in Madina, which covers a number of neighborhoods including Qasswaa, Shouran and Sharbiyat.

Minister Al-Swaha called upon the actors in the ICT sector to accelerate the pace of achieving the desired goals and to consolidate the Kingdom's position globally as one of the most advanced countries in this field, particularly as it is standing on the threshold of a new era that requires looking ahead with insight and monitoring its profound changes in methods, systems and tools. Al-Swaha pointed out that the Fourth Industrial Revolution requires readiness and readiness, chiefly as AI and IoT will have the central role in the overall process of digital transformation, adding that all sector’s employees and partners must be supportive of this takeoff, under the commissioning of our wise leadership.

Al-Swaha unveiled that the Ministry is working to spread fiber-optic networks to reach homes in the Kingdom to connect 2.1 million homes by the end of 2020, in order to enhance the efficiency of networks to develop a strong communications infrastructure that accelerates digital transformation and transition to the knowledge-based economy, as well as to contribute to the realization of Vision 2030 aimed at enhancing the role of the communications sector in building a digital society, digital government and digital economy. He also noted the Ministry's keenness to continue improving the quality of services provided to customers of citizens and residents in all sectors in line with the “customer first” strategy.


The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has recently provided 400,000 homes with fiber optic networks and covered 110,000 homes with wireless broadband networks. The Ministry is continuing efforts to enhance the coverage of remote homes with wireless broadband networks to cover 70% by 2020, and to provide and set up infrastructure for communications services for more residents of districts, villages and hamlets throughout the country. The total number of districts, villages and hamlets that have been served to date amounted to over 20 thousand villages and hamlets with more than 4 million inhabitants in the provinces of Northern Borders, Jouf, Hail, Tabuk, Qassim, Madina Makkah, Aseer, Baha, Najran and Jazan, in addition to the Eastern Province.​
 

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