Saudi Telecom Agency: 12.5 million Internet users and 54.8 Mobile subscribers in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Communications and Information Technology Commission, a government body that overseas the sector, has issued its report for the first half of 2011.
The report (Arabic link) says that there are 12.5 million Internet users in Saudi Arabia representing 44% of the population a growth from 5% in 2001. Saudi Arabia’s population is 27 million. While Mobile subscribers has reached 54.8 million, with prepaid accounts represented the majority of subscribers as 87%, meaning that Mobile penetration rate is 195%. As for fixed telephone lines at the end of the first half of 2011 the number reached 4.49 million lines with penetration rate at 16%.
As for broadband internet which includes DSL and WiMax the number is 1 million subscriber. while broadband number for other wireless connection methods the number was 11 million. the report does not identify the “other wireless methods”