Saudi regulator pushes digital regulation

Saudi regulator pushes digital regulation

Saudi Arabia watchdog the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) revealed it is on track to becoming a 5G regulator, while unveiling a strategy to leverage multiple facets of communications and technologies to spur the telecoms sector.

In a statement, the CITC said it will progress from a telecoms regulator to a digital one. Under this new direction, it will work to drive innovation through regulatory processes, by combining: postal services, telecommunication, IT and emerging technologies. All to create an “essential digital ecosystem” and “attractive communications infrastructure” for Saudi Arabia.

The watchdog also said its progression to being classed as a 5G regulator by UN agency the International Telecommunications Union is on track, a classification it noted as “reserved for the world's most advanced and high-performing ICT regulators”.

Saudi Arabia aimed to become one of the top 20 countries for telecommunications and IT by 2030, by improving the sector’s performance and its contribution to GDP.

Mohammed Al Tamimi, CITC governor said: "The digitalisation of the world's economy has significantly accelerated in 2020. Our new strategy aims to place Saudi Arabia among the world's best when it comes to implementing and regulating new digital technologies across all sectors.

“We are one of the most tech-savvy and connected nations in the world and CITC, as the national regulator, must ensure that the digital infrastructure and regulatory framework reflects this. Saudi Arabia has already received international recognition for our achievements in the ICT sector and, with this new direction, we will be able to accomplish even more."

CITC’s latest strategy comes in line with the Saudi government’s Vision 2030 framework, it stated. A strategy outlined to reduce the country’s reliance on oil by developing other sectors in the economy.

Saudi Arabia currently has the fifth-fastest mobile internet speed globally with an average speed of 77.55Mbps, according to an OpenSignal report, recording between July and September this year.

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