Strong potential as Saudi Arabia looks towards 5G – R&M

Strong potential as Saudi Arabia looks towards 5G – R&M

Mobile penetration is high in Saudi Arabia and the market is heavily saturated, reports Research & Markets.

This offers great potential for mobile commerce due to the uptake of mobile broadband services and adoption of smart phones. Mobile broadband subscriptions may pass 100% penetration in 2019.

Fibre broadband services offered in Saudi Arabia will be extended after an infrastructure sharing agreement was established in 2019, allowing Zain Saudi Arabia to utilise the infrastructure of Saudi Telecom Company (STC). Broadband is widely available in Saudi Arabia via DSL, fibre, and wireless and Saudi Arabia is considered a regional leader in terms of its fibre-based broadband deployment.

In 2019, DSL subscriptions continue to decline as consumers switch to mobile broadband or fibre broadband services. Subscriptions to DSL have now dropped below 1 million for the first time in more than a decade. Competition in the fixed market may increase in Saudi Arabia, with Universal Licenses having been awarded to some mobile operators.

While the introduction of a biometric fingerprint mobile identification system initially impacted upon mobile subscription growth in Saudi Arabia, there is evidence in 2019 that growth is now rebounding with mobile subscriptions on the rise again.

5G is firmly on the agenda for Saudi Arabia with the regulator awarding new spectrum for 4G/5G use in early 2019. STC, Zain Saudi Arabia and Mobily have all developed various partnerships with solution providers in order to improve, test and prepare their networks for 5G.

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