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The Communications Authority connects more than 500 million IoT devices in Saudi Arabia

The Governor of the Communications, Space and Technology Commission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Muhammad bin Saud Al-Tamimi, stated that the Commission worked to stimulate investment and enhance positive competitiveness in the information technology market and emerging technologies, through a solid infrastructure that contributed to covering more than 3.6 million homes in the Kingdom with optical fibers, exceeding The penetration rate is 60 percent of the dwellings, and the number of high-speed fixed Internet subscriptions rises to more than 2.3 million subscriptions by the end of the third quarter of this year.

This came during his participation in the activities of the 10th Saudi Conference on Smart Grids, confirming that the broadband coverage rate has reached 99 percent of the populated areas in the Kingdom, with an average speed exceeding 369 megabits per second, pointing to the high penetration rate of mobile communication services to 168 percent by the end of the year. The third quarter of 2022, with a growth rate of more than 20 percent compared to the same period last year.

  • In his participation, Al-Tamimi discussed the efforts made by the authority in the digital infrastructure that supports the applications of emerging technologies, such as smart networks, through the deployment of the NB-IoT technology network in Saudi Arabia through more than
  • 20,000 towers that support this technology with a coverage rate of more than 95 percent of the regions. Urban, as it provides the ability to connect more than 500 million IoT devices in the
  • Kingdom, which contributed to an increase in subscriptions to it via M2M mobile communications networks to reach more than 11 million subscriptions, with a growth rate of more than 720 percent compared to 2019, indicating the role of The authority’s integration with other government sectors
  • and its importance in a number of different national projects, the most prominent of which is its contribution to the smart electricity meter project, as this complementary work led to its success
  • through the installation of more than 10 million smart meters as the largest project in the region.

He added that the authority is still making more efforts to create a regulatory environment that stimulates the adoption of emerging technologies, as the BOOST information technology and emerging technologies strategy was launched in 2020 with ambitious targets to bridge the main gaps that were identified based on extensive survey studies of the supply and demand sides of the market, as it focused on achieving This is on the axes of regulation, empowerment and awareness, to pay attention to organizing and empowering the sector. Through the launch of 16 regulatory initiatives, most notably the launch of the experimental regulatory environment for emerging technologies that aims to enhance the

positioning of innovative and promising business models that rely on emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, and cloud computing, in addition to working on more than 33 enabling initiatives, Such as the initiative to support the inclusion of local technology companies in the financial market; A number of awareness workshops were held in partnership with

Tadawul; It contributed to the inclusion of 9 new information technology companies, with a growth rate of up to 400 percent compared to last year 2021, in addition to stimulating the cloud computing market; As the number of entities registered with the authority to provide cloud computing services reached 31, an increase of 3 times over last year. Of which 3 global computing companies are hyperscalers.

Al-Tamimi stressed that the Saudi leadership’s unlimited support for the sector resulted in the Kingdom’s progress in many indicators. It is one of the most advanced countries in digital regulation in the Middle East and North Africa, as it ranks sixth globally by the International Telecommunication Union for regulatory excellence, and is among the top 10 countries in the world in mobile internet speed by the end of the third quarter of 2022, and in using the sixth version. for the Internet Protocol IPv6.

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