Communications and Information Technology Commission was established under the name of (Saudi Communications Commission) pursuant to the Council of Ministers Decision No. (74) Dated 5/3/1422H. The name was changed after the Commission was entrusted with new tasks related to information technology to become (Communications and Information Technology Commission) under the Council of Ministers Decision No. (123) dated 21/5/1424H.
The Commission enjoys the juridical personality and financial independence to achieve its objectives stipulated in the Telecommunications Act, its Bylaw and the Ordinance of the Communications and Information Technology Commission.
The Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has understood the importance of keeping pace with the huge developments in the field of telecommunications on international level which leads to regulatory changes in the competitive and investment environment of this sector, and how these developments create fundamental changes in the infrastructure and regulation of the telecommunications sector in the Kingdom.
In the light of this attention by the Government, the Royal Decree No. (M/12) dated 12/3/1422H was issued to approve Telecommunications Act and the Ordinance of the Saudi Communications Commission which were issued by The Council of Ministers Decision No. (74) Dated 5/3/1422H
These legislations aim to face the challenges of the coming stage in the field of telecommunications, and creating a competitive environment based on equity and transparency emerging from it provision of high quality universal telecommunications services at affordable prices, activating the role of the private sector and motivating its investments in that field.
Due to the importance of the role of the Information Technology and its adherence with the successive developments in the telecommunications world, the Commission was entrusted with new tasks related to information technology whereas the Council of Ministers Decision No. (133) dated 21/5/1424H was issued changing the name of the Saudi Communications Commission to become (Communications and Information Technology Commission) and amending the Commission Ordinance to be consistent with the new name and to be added to its tasks stipulated in the Ordinance.
The commission has started to prepare all its bylaws, financials, and administrative laws that govern its activities and has also started to prepare and complete the telecommunications act bylaw and set a plan regarding opening the communication sector for competition in accordance with Council of Ministers Decision No. 171 dated 2/7/1423 H announced to open the communication market for competition and partially release mobile phones during the last quarter of 2004 and landline phones during the first quarter of 2008.