In collaboration with telecom providers in KSA, the Communications and Information Technology Commission launched an initiative to provide 60,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots in some public locations across the Kingdom. These locations include hospitals, malls, public parks and the Two Holy Mosques.
CITC worked with 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 points "KSA Free WiFi- XXX" , facilitating user entry, and providing coverage maps that showcase all free Wi-Fi points across the country.
Dr. Mohammad Al-Tamimi, governor of CITC stated, "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." Pointing to the expected impact of activating the initiative, which is to provide free access to the public Wi-Fi network for each service provider for a period of up to two hours per day to a large number of beneficiaries and visitors of public places, in a number of Saudi cities.
This initiative comes in line with the Vision 2030 ambitions and the ICT Sector Strategy 2023 to enable KSA's digital transformation.