CITC submits a request for determining GO’s licensing fees

8 Aug 2017

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has submitted a request to the Saudi Cabinet to approve the licensing fees ahead of the award of a unified telecoms licence to Saudi Arabian operator Etihad Atheeb Telecommunication (GO Telecom), domestic news source Argaam writes. GO Telecom said it cannot currently evaluate the related financial impact, though the country’s telecoms market regulator halted trading in GO Telecom’s shares last week upon the telco’s request, ahead of the planned announcement of ‘a material development.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2016 the CITC confirmed that it planned to award a quartet of mobile network operators and ISPs – namely Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), Zain Saudi and GO Telecom – with unified telecoms licences, thus allowing them to provide mobile, fixed telephony and data services. The new licensing system will allow increased competition and subscriber options through enhancing network efficiency and cutting costs, the CITC said in a press release.

Saudi Arabia, Communications and IT Commission (CITC), Etihad Atheeb (GO Telecom)