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CITC to deploy 60,000 Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in Public Areas

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The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has started an new initiative to provide sixty thousand (60,000) free Wi-Fi hotspots in some public areas across the Kingdom with the help and collaboration with telecom providers in the Saudi Arabia. These locations include hospitals, malls, public parks and the Two Holy Mosques.

Dr. Mohammad bin Saud Al-Tamimi (Governor of CITC) said, “This initiative comes within the commission’s keenness to spread communication and information technology services across the Kingdom, which reflects the development of the ICT infrastructure in the Kingdom and contributes to achieving CITC’s strategic mission to enable the Kingdom’s transformation into a digital society.”

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The Kingdom is one of the leading countries to spread ICT services and enable digital transformation as one of the main pillars to enable economic prosperity and achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The opportunity includes providing free access to the public WiFi network for each service provider for a period of up to two (2) hours per day.

CITC has worked in the past with other telecom providers to implement this initiative through several phases, and will continue to oversight the execution phase of this initiative, which is carried out by service providers. This phase includes fulfilling CITC’s requirements, including unifying the network name for these free, facilitating user entry, and providing coverage maps that showcase all free Wi-Fi points across the country.

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