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The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has hailed the role of the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) as the regulator of choice for the Communications and Information Technology sector in Saudi Arabia.

According to ITU's recently published report, CITC has been termed as a leader in transforming regulating the communications and information technology sector especially in the 5G network category, in line with sustainable economic diversification as part of its Vision 2030.

“A new strategy bringing government agencies and the private sector together as well looking into new and emerging technologies have been critical elements of the Saudi Arabian regulator’s journey,” reads section of the report.

“Their vision also emphasizes safeguarding the public, providing reliable service, ensuring fair competition, and balancing the diverse needs of multiple stakeholders,” the report highlighted.

The report also stressed that CITC is delivering on its vision by working to create a robust regulatory platform within which government and businesses can safely operate and invest. It also states that the CITC has achieved success against the challenges and overcoming them through a world-class mature and ambitious strategy to realize the shift towards a regulator regulatory.

During the coronavirus pandemic in the Kingdom, the CITC worked closely with telecom operators to meet the demand for online access and data with increased speeds and data capacity, free services, expanded spectrum use, and enhanced network configurations and connectivity.

The report views CITC’s action as instrumental in facilitating remote work, business continuity, delivery apps, e-government services, and remote learning across Saudi Arabia.

CITC is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s most developed 5th-generation regulators, the report added.

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