The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission has released some interesting numbers about Saudi Internet usage in their latest newsletter (PDF):
Total subscriptions to mobile broadband reached 11 million at the end of H1 2011, representing a penetration of 39% of the population.
Other interesting tidbits from the newsletter:
total number of mobile subscriptions grew to around 54.8 million by the end of H1 2011 … penetration rate standing at 195%
As for the number of Internet users in Saudi Arabia:
Internet users grew from around 1 million in 2001 to an estimated 12.5 million at the end of H1 2011… penetration 44% of population
Other items discussed in the newsletter:
â€¢ CITC to discuss monitoring quality of service and subscriber satisfaction with service providers (about time)
â€¢ CITC to approve new organizational restructuring
â€¢ Mobile operators in KSA sign the number portability agreement
â€¢ ITU Telecom World in Geneva
â€¢ Mobile penetration over 100% in 97 economies
The newsletter is available as a PDF on CITC’s website.
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