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Overview

A modern sector for information and communication technologies is integral to today’s advanced industrial activities.

 

Saudi Vision 2030 aims to transform Saudi Arabia into a globally competitive ICT hub, with modern technologies and an empowered information society.

 

The ambition envisages many investment themes, including the development of the digital content and media, the expansion of the telecommunication system, the digitization of the country, and the creation of new high-tech and smart industries.

 

The government is working alongside the private sector to modernize the ICT infrastructure, enhancing the regulatory framework to enable new innovative investments, and building the most suitable ecosystem to support entrepreneurs and digital talents.

Facts & Figures

37% of households are covered by fiber optics
(23% in 2016)
29.8 Mbps Average fixed broadband speed
(15.7 Mbps in 2016)
29.3 Mbps Average mobile broadband speed
(9.08 Mbps in 2016)
88% Coverage of 4G as percentage of the population
(77.3% in 2016)
71% Digital maturity level percentage of eGovernment services
(58% in 2016)
28.5 B SAR
ecommerce market size in Saudi Arabia

Information and Technology Value Proposition

Information and Communication Technology Hub

  • Saudi Arabia is the biggest IT market in the MENA Region (Spending per year expected to reach 45 billion dollars by end of 2019)
  • Saudi Arabia enjoys a strategic location to become a main IT service and cloud hub with access to international connectivity through Red Sea and Gulf, Central location to serve Europe, Asia and Africa

 

Digital Government

  • As part of Saudi Vision 2030, all government entities are mandated to provide their services to citizens and stakeholders digitally, digitize their operations and go paper less.
  • Creation of National Digitization Unit to support government in its digital transformation journey all sectors including healthcare, education, commerce... Etc
  • 71% Digital maturity level percentage of eGovernment services (58% in 2016)

Digital Economy

  • Giga Projects: NEOM, Redsea, Qidiya, Waad Alshamal, SPARK and all the new projects are all technology first projects and will be build leveraging the latest technologies
  • SMART Cities: Other than the new citites, Saudi Arabia aims to equip 5 existing cities with SMART infrastructure to be among the top 100 cities for worldwide
  • Private sector: due to decrease in government subsidization for oil and increase in labor fees Saudi private sector is doubling down on technology to optimize their operations
  • SMEs: currently SME participates to 20% of Saudi GDP and the government is prioritizing as part of vision 2030 to increase that number to 35%+ via easier business requirements and many financing programs which present huge opportunity for IaaS and SaaS provider

Digital Society

  • With 100% of population covered by 2G and 3G (88% of which is covered by 4G), Saudi Arabia is among the highest countries when it comes to internet penetration
  • Facebook (16 million users), Twitter (11 million users), Instagram (11 million users), Snapchat (14 million users) out of total population of 32 million 
  • E-commerce market size is 28.5 Billion SAR (vs 25 Billion SAR in 2017)
  • 50% + of population shop online (vs 37% in 2016)

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