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Saudi net users can choose between regular and ‘pure’ service

STC’s Naqa Net subscribers can switch between networks via text message

STC says children can safely browse the internet using Naqa Net which filters out morally offensive content.
STC says children can safely browse the internet using Naqa Net which filters out morally offensive content.

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is offering its subscribers in the Kingdom greater choice in the way they surf the internet by allowing them to switch between a regular and ‘pure' network conveniently via SMS.

Naqa Net was first introduced by STC in 2009 exclusively to Afaq DSL Shamel subscribers, promising "a safe and pure Internet content for all family members" by blocking websites that are deemed morally offensive, filtered by a special committee of religious men, sociologists and scholars. The service costs subscribers 15 Saudi riyals a month.

STC has now revealed that customers can control the Naqa Net service via SMS, allowing them to switch to either the public or pure connection just by sending a text message.

If subscribers want to move from regular access to the censored option, they can send an SMS to 907 with the code 6004 followed by a space along with their Hatif number. For the reverse, the code 6003 allows access to the regular network again.

In a statement released to the media, STC stressed on "the significance of analyzing privileges, risks, and challenges which face customers because of the technological openness which the world lives. Some web sites include materials which negatively affect the customs and traditions as well as the noble Islamic values. This emphasizes the national role played by Saudi Telecom in serving the society especially the minors and protecting it against the negative dangers of the Internet by providing innovative solutions which fulfill its needs and cope with its ambitions."