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Riyadh gets WiFi zone

Riyadh is moving closer to being the region's first ‘smart city' with the launch of a WiFi access zone.

At this week's unveiling of the new internet access zone on Prince Muhammad ibn Abdul Aziz Street, part of the city's Smart Cities Forum event, the deputy governor of Riyadh claimed the city would become Saudi Arabia's first full ‘smart city', Arab News reported.

According to Smart Cities Forum's organisers, the establishment of such smart cities in the Kingdom will in turn help the government improve its economic and security related performance.

The governor of Saudi Telecommunications and IT, Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, added that other major Saudi cities such as Jeddah and Madinah should also become smart cities, since both were now what he called "logistically ready" for such a move.

Intel has been working with authorities in Saudi Arabia since 2005 on plans to make Riyadh a wireless city.

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