2005 News Story

Saudi Arabia works to expand computer literacy

The Saudi Arabian Commission for Telecommunications and Information Technology has announced that it is importing one million computer systems to be offered for sale on an easy-pay plan. Purchasers will pay monthly installments of SR100 [U.S. $26.7] over a four-year period. The Commission is taking this initiative in order to create a computer-literate generation that can cope with fast-paced developments in technology.

The Commission also announced that it plans to license a third mobile-phone operator by the end of 2006. Existing licensees are the Saudi Telecom Company (STC); and Etisalat Ittihad, which is expected to start operating mid-2005. A second land-phone operator will also be licensed, opening up competition to STC. Bids for this will be open to international companies. No license for data transmission service is expected until 2006.