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Saudi telecoms regulator urged to take action on high call tariffs

Shoura Council voices dismay at report claiming telephone costs are among world’s highest

Telecoms, Regulations, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)

Saudi Arabia's Shoura Council has urged the kingdom's telecoms regulator to work towards lowering call tariffs, after it emerged that telephone costs represented around 30% of the national average monthly income, Arab News reported today.

"A study conducted by the Consumer Protection Society found that Saudi Arabia has one of the world's largest telephone tariffs," said Fahaad Al-Hamad, assistant president of the Shoura Council.

The CPS report pointed out that tariffs in Saudi Arabia were 35 halalas per minute (9 cents, 34 fils) compared with the world average of 7 halalas.

The Shoura Council's plea was made to Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), which oversees the kingdom's ICT sector and has broad powers to issue binding directives to the country's telecoms operators.

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