CITC awards broadband expansion project to Zain Saudi

13 Mar 2017

Saudi telecoms regulator the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has awarded Phase I of the broadband coverage expansion project to Zain Saudi Arabia, Argaam writes. Under the new contract, the operator is set to increase high-speed broadband coverage in the kingdom’s underserved areas to 70% by 2020.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Saudi government introduced the ‘Broadband Stimulation Fund’ in 2016 to raise the competitiveness of operators and accelerate the deployment of fibre-optics in urban areas (with a five-year budget of SAR5.898 billion [USD1.5 billion]), and expand the scope of the Universal Service Fund to support investment in broadband services in remote areas (SAR2.332 billion). By 2020, the government is aiming to extend broadband access to 90% of households in densely populated areas and 66% in other urban zones.