Saudi ban on mobile voice, video apps to be lifted from Wednesday

Saudi telecom regulator CITC said service providers in the kingdom have confirmed their commitment to provide access to the services
By Tahani Karrar
Thu 14 Sep 2017 10:41 AM

The current ban on mobile phone applications in Saudi Arabia will be lifted from Wednesday, according the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC).

Telecom service providers are working together to provide voice and video call apps over the Internet, said Saudi Arabia’s  Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al Sawaha.

Al-Sawaha said service providers in the kingdom have confirmed their commitment to enable all customers to use the applications to make voice and video calls of the highest quality and that they will review all applications periodically to ensure they meet requirements.

“This fruitful cooperation between the Kingdom’s telecom partners comes under the umbrella of ‘Customer First’, a policy in which everyone works in order to give all telecom subscribers in the Kingdom the best services that meet their expectations and satisfy their needs,” he said.

The kingdom is one of the world’s fastest growing countries in terms of growth in the use of smartphones and participation in social networking platforms. The average use of the Internet by mobile networks in the kingdom is among the highest globally.

The ministry is working with the service providers in achieving the goals within the National Transformation Program of 2020 and developing a digital society in line with realizing the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

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