According to the International Telecommunication Union, Saudi Arabia ranks second in the G20 countries in the Communications and Technology Development Index.
Moving up ten places in the index, which tracks the economies of 169 countries to assess their progress in communications and technology services.
Commenting on this, Muhammad Sayyaf Al Khashil, Chairman of the Federation of Saudi Chambers’ National Committee for Communications and Information Technology, confirmed that this progress reflects the position that Saudi Arabia has reached during the previous stage, and confirms the strength of the Kingdom’s digital infrastructure, information technology, and communications development.
Al Khashil added that the Kingdom’s advancement to this advanced ranking in the G20 is a result of infrastructure investments totalling more than 96 billion riyals over the previous six years.
The primary factors that led to Saudi Arabia Ranks Second in the G20 are as follows:
- Quick expansion in the telecom industry: With a 99% Internet penetration rate, the Kingdom’s telecom industry is the biggest and fastest-growing in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Significant investments in digital infrastructure: Over the last six years, Saudi Arabia has invested more than 96 billion riyals in digital infrastructure, enhancing the Kingdom’s capacity in this area.
- The Saudi government’s stance on digital transformation is noteworthy, as it aims to enhance the Kingdom’s standing in this domain by promoting digital transformation across all domains.
The Kingdom’s leading role in communications and information technology is confirmed by this advancement in the Communications and Technology Development Index, which also highlights the significant efforts made by the Saudi government in this area.