Mobile subscriptions in the KSA reach 48 million
The Communications and Information Technology Commission unveiled Saudi Arabia's mobile penetrations statistics
The total number of mobile subscriptions in Saudi Arabia has reached 48 million by the end of Q2 2016, with penetration rate of 152% according to recent statistics by Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), as reported by the SaudiGazette.
Prepaid subscriptions constitute the majority (over 84%) of all mobile subscriptions.
Fixed telephone lines reached 3.6 million by the end of Q2 2016, of which around 1.9 million or 52% were residential lines. This represents a household teledensity of around 31.1 %, while the population teledensity is about 11%.
The total number of mobile broadband subscriptions reached around 26.6 million, representing a population penetration rate of 83.5%.
Fixed broadband subscriptions including DSL, fixed wireless (WiMax), FTTx and other fixed lines decreased to reach around 3.06 million subscriptions at the end of Q2 2016. The fixed broadband penetration rate stands at about 41% of households.
The number of Internet users has increased rapidly in the last year and was about 22.4 million at the end of Q2. The increase in the demand for Internet services and broadband was observed due to high use of social networking applications, video on demand (YouTube, Snapchat) and gaming.