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Introduction

The Saudi Arabian telecoms market is one of the most mature markets in the Middle East, with high mobile penetration of about 154%.

Highlights

  • The CITC should consider imposing spectrum caps on operators to promote fair competition.
  • The CITC has concluded the latest round of market reviews after a considerable delay.
  • The CITC has initiated steps toward better consumer protection regulation, but there is still scope for improvement.

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 regulations 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

  • Spectrum policy
  • 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 provider
  • Universal service fund
  • Universal service obligation for broadband

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Author

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