The KSA has suffered 129 deaths per million inhabitants, ranking it the 41st hardest hit country in the world out of 150 countries recorded as of 16th September.1
Rising digital demand:2
- Demand for digital services in Saudi Arabia has increased.
- To meet this demand, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) hustled to collaborated with other government entities to enhance digital services by strengthening their communications infrastructure.
- In addition, data costs were waived for the health app, Sehha, e-learning platforms and the Tawakkalna app, for movement permits after curfew. CITC also assisted with the launch of Tabaud, a social distancing app that helps people know if they have encountered an infected individual.
- In March 2020, Saudi mobile service providers were temporarily licensed to use an additional 40 MHz in the 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands, a 50% increase in the spectrum holdings for service providers.