The Universal Service Fund (USF) has received all targeted localities in the Pilot Project from the USF Service Provider for this project, Etihad Etisalat "Mobily". The aim of this project is to provide mobile voice services and broadband Internet services with a minimum speed of 512 kbits/s in the Khulays and Al Kamel administrative areas in Makkah region and in the Al Mahd administrative area in Madinah region. Beneficiaries from this project are more than 103,100 people in 482 towns and villages.
The USF is currently conducting the necessary field inspections to ensure fulfillment of the conditions, technical specifications and other contractual requirements, in preparation for the final acceptance of the project and the official launch of services in those localities.
The USF is also currently implementing Projects 2, 3 and 4 included in the First and Second Operational Plans. More than 890,400 people in 3,415 localities belonging to 25 administrative areas will benefit from these projects. The USF intends to tender its Projects 5 and 6 in the Third Operational Plan (1433/1434H corresponding to 2012G) during the first half of this year.