Regulator seeks approval for 'high-quality broadband' scheme; fines cellcos over 'unlicensed' SIM cards

14 Jan 2011

Saudi Arabian telecoms regulator, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), has announced that it plans to seek government approval for a scheme to introduce ‘high-quality broadband services’ across the Kingdom. CITC governor, Abdul Rahman Al-Jaafari, said that he will present the proposal – which seeks minimum transmission speeds of 1Mbps for 95% of the country’s broadband users – to the authorities for approval. He hopes that the project will be included within the government’s imminent 2013-2015 development plan.

In other news, Al Jaafari confirmed that the CITC has fined a handful of unnamed telecoms companies SAR90 million (USD24 million) for allowing the sale of ‘unlicensed’ pre-paid SIM cards to customers. The telecoms chief said that the CITC was working hard to combat ‘these kinds of illegal practices’. Any shops found guilty of distributing unlicensed SIM cards on behalf of the cellcos in question will be shut down.

Saudi Arabia, Communications and IT Commission (CITC)