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Introduction

STC continues to dominate as a monopolistic fixed operator in Saudi Arabia, but the new unified license will bring challenges in the fixed-line market. Despite the high penetration of mobile services in Saudi Arabia, adoption of LTE remains slow.

Highlights

  • The CITC approved a new regulatory framework for license classification.
  • The CITC issued a draft review of designation and dominance. In the draft review, the CITC identified a total of five retail markets and ten wholesale markets.
  • The CITC completes the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1800MHz bands.

Features and Benefits

  • Outlines the relevant regulated markets and the dominant players in these markets.
  • Provides a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment in Saudi Arabia.

Key questions answered

  • What remedies are imposed at the retail and wholesale levels in Saudi Arabia?
  • What are the current telecoms regulation and policies in Saudi Arabia?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation
  • Current status of market analysis

Spectrum

  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Roaming obligations
  • MVNO access

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Universal service obligation
  • Universal service fund
  • Universal service obligation for broadband

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Author

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