Saudi telecom market is largest in Middle East, says ITU chief

Houlin Zhao, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), hailed Saudi Arabia’s efforts; and its remarkable initiatives in various fields; including the launch of a new platform in order to enhance international cooperation in the digital fields.

He additionally described the Kingdom’s telecommunications market as the largest in the Middle East region.

Zhao made the remarks; while addressing the three-day webinar titled “Radio Spectrum for IMT-2020 and beyond: Fostering Commercial and Innovative Use”; co-organized by ITU and the Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) of Saudi Arabia. The webinar, which concludes on Thursday, focuses mainly on the latest spectrum innovation and best practices for policymakers.

Zhao also praised the regulatory maturity of the telecommunications and information technology (CIT) sector in the Kingdom. “As per the classification of ITU; CITC is one of the most regulated and developed CIT bodies in the world,” he added.

High profile attendees



More than 70 high-ranking officials and specialists from various governmental, private, and academic agencies interested in modern wireless technologies from 20 countries around the world are attending the virtual event.

The webinar is markedly being convened as part of unifying global efforts and visions in the field of the frequency spectrum; and to activate its role in promoting digital transformation in the Kingdom and the world.

Inaugurating the event on Tuesday, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha highlighted the role of digital infrastructure, calling it the lifeblood of the global economy after the coronavirus pandemic. He also stressed its importance in the success and resilience of the economy.

Al-Swaha underscored the Kingdom’s keenness to cooperate with ITU and its global partners in the field of the spectrum to enhance the benefits from it.

He stressed the importance of the meeting of decision-makers; in the field of spectrum in the seminar in order to discuss this important resource.