Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and IT (MCIT) has signed an agreement with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) for the implementation of the third phase of a project aiming to provide broadband access with download speeds of 10Mbps to 70% of households in remote areas by 2020. Under the deal, STC will provide broadband services to 444,076 households in more than 3,000 villages around Riyadh, Qassim, Makkah, Madinah, Al Bahah, Tabuk, Jazan, Hail, Asir, and Najran, thus extending coverage to a total of 2.5 million people. The first and second phases of the project were completed in July 2018, covering 16% of households in rural areas.
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