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This is an update of the Saudi Arabia telecoms market, covering mobile, fixed broadband, operator initiatives, consumer market trends, and regulation. It includes subscriptions and revenue forecasts for mobile and fixed broadband.


  • In September 2017, the CITC revoked a ban on internet voice and video calling apps such as Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp. The CITC adopted a unified licensing system in 4Q16, which enabled all operators in the Kingdom to offer fixed and mobile services. The regulator is also planning to issue temporary licenses to mobile operators for the trial of 5G technologies. It is expected that CITC will grant spectrum in the 3.4–3.8GHz and 3.8–4.2GHz bands for the trials.
  • Saudi Arabia had 44.20 million mobile subscriptions and a mobile penetration rate of 135.01% at end-4Q17. However, mobile subscription numbers have declined in the past year, due primarily to the SIM registration requirements imposed by the Saudi telecoms regulator, the CITC.
  • The large operators in the region are also moving towards offering more value-added services, as well as technology and network upgrades. In March 2018, STC collaborated with Cisco and Ericsson to drive its network capabilities. Mobily is collaborating with Huawei, Ericsson, and Nokia to implement upgrades to its network over the next three years. In March 2017, Zain Saudi Arabia partnered with Swedish equipment vendor Ericsson to transform its technology infrastructure over the next five years.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the current state of Saudi Arabia's broadband market
  • Assesses operator moves, innovation, and strategies.

Key questions answered

  • Who are the market leaders in the fixed and mobile markets?
  • How will revenues grow in the next five years?
  • What are the market shares of the key players?
  • What are the major operator initiatives in Saudi Arabia?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Saudi Arabia Update, March 2018