The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has fined three telecoms operators – Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Zain – a total of SAR14.32 million (USD3.81 million) for breaching local rules. Whilst exact details have not been published, the fines relate to ‘several violations’ and are considered final, according to the CITC’s statement. STC will have to pay SAR12.47 million, with Mobily and Zain penalised SAR1.56 million and SAR296,000, respectively.
Meanwhile, the CITC has suspended the sale of Mobily’s pre-paid and post-paid mobile services to new customers due to the company’s violation of its licensing obligations. The CITC said that Mobily did not meet the Saudisation requirements for employees at the executive level, thus violating the terms and conditions of its unified concession issued at the end of 2017. Mobily said in a statement on Tadawul that it was unable to predict the financial impact of the suspension at this time, though it highlighted that it was working with the CITC to resolve the issue.