CITC issues unified concessions to Mobily, Zain

22 Feb 2017

Saudi Arabia’s telecoms regulator the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has awarded a unified telecoms concession to mobile operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) for a total fee of SAR5 million (USD1.3 million). The authorisation, which is valid until 21 October 2034, will allow Mobily to provide fixed telephony and broadband services in the kingdom. Earlier this week, rival Zain was also awarded its respective unified concession, in line with a higher order dated 1 October 2016. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate that month, the Saudi government issued Royal Decree No. 61534 directing the CITC to provide the kingdom’s operators with unified telecoms licences and to extend their licensing periods by 15 years.