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By  Published  September 8, 2006

Dear Editor,

As a keen internet user in Saudi Arabia, I was pleased to read in last week’s IT Weekly of the government’s plans to extend internet services to all parts of the Kingdom.

Many members of my family live in remote corners of the country where there are little or not internet services. I would dearly like to keep in touch with them by e-mail but at the moment it is impossible so I make costly phone calls instead.

Saudi Arabia is working hard to position itself as a modern and technologically advanced country which is able to stand its ground in the global market. It is even trying to establish its own tourist industry.

I would venture to say that infrastructural weaknesses, such as inadequate internet coverage, will hold these developments back if they are not fixed in the near future.

So much of the way people communicate and do business nowadays is online. The wonderful country of Saudi Arabia will lag behind the rest of the world if it does not emulate the success of the internet in other more developed countries.

This does not mean that Saudi Arabia has to open its borders to everything contained on the net, but it needs to take the best of the online world.

Name witheld, Jeddah.

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