Vision 2030

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Al Khobar city in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia has become the first city in the MENA region to benefit from a pilot project on the fifth generation wireless network, or 5G network.

The Saudi government has long recognised the importance of broadband communications, and the potential benefits of 5G technologies now fit well into the country’s plans to build a leading modern economy as outlined in its Vision 2030. The project was implemented on the first week of Ramadan, and was welcomed by the specialised agency of the United Nations for information and communications technology and praised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said: “Saudi Arabia is determined to be a world leader in 5G to take early advantage of its benefits.” Dr Abdulaziz bin Salem Al Ruwais, the Governor of CITC, said that the Kingdom had been working tirelessly to bring the fifth-generation mobile network to the Kingdom. “Now Saudi Arabia has become one of the first countries to provide and activate it so it can take early advantage of the gains from it” he said. “All the necessary national 5G policies and supporting administrative provisions are planned to be in place before the end of 2019.



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