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Saudi to roll out nationwide broadband by 2017, say sources

The Saudi communication and information technology minister said the sector is pivotal for the development of nations

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Saudi Arabia is looking to provide nationwide broadband services by 2017, sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

“Work has begun to provide these services in some villages and towns which didn’t have broadband before… the system used by the ministry allows broadband services across the country,” an unidentified source with knowledge of the subject told the pan-Arab newspaper.

According to Mohamed Jamil Mulla, Saudi Arabia’s minister of communications and information technology, broadband is pivotal to the development of nations and societies, reported the Saudi Press Agency Thursday.

According to the minister, the kingdom has taken major steps in developing the communications and IT sector.

Yet Mulla said some towns and provinces in Saudi Arabia suffer from poor internet connection, Asharq al-Awsat reported.