Saudi CITC Launches Free Local Roaming Service

Saudi CITC Launches Free Local Roaming Service

The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC); launched Sunday the local roaming service to ensure operating services in all regions in the Kingdom.

The service enables users to change their operator to another service network; if there is no coverage for their primary service operator.

The launch was at the authority’s headquarters in Riyadh, in the presence of CITC Gov. Mohammed al-Tamimi and the chairmen of the boards of directors; and CEOs of the three companies providing the service in the Kingdom.

The ceremony also included the signing of an agreement between the Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily); and Mobile Telecommunications Company Saudi Arabia (Zain).

The authority said local roaming covers all services; such as voice and Internet services and short text messages (SMS), and will be in all regions; including in 21,000 villages, covered by the telecommunications services.

The implementation of the local roaming service will start in the al-Asir region and will complete in all other regions by the end of 2021.

Al-Tamimi also said local roaming is part of the authority’s cooperation with all concerned parties to provide the best telecommunications services.

“The local roaming service aims to enable service providers to benefit from the telecommunications networks of others and also to help them meet the requirements of the beneficiaries, as it supports the empowerment of digital transformation in the Kingdom,” he also added.