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U niversal s ervice f und. Universal Broadband Service in rural Saudi Arabia Innovations by USF & Operators close the Access Gap . Presented by: Andrew Dymond. Saudi Arabia’s UAS Program – world leading case :.
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Source: CITC Annual Report 2010
2008 mobile coverage scenarios – operators combined reach
3G & WiMAX
Rural voice coverage
How to provide data?
Mobile QoS level for US based on existing CITC license requirements:
Licence obligations to towns
3,839 known localities < 5,000 population
currently outside -80dBm
34 key questions / 31 responders – 7 operators, 21 Ministries & organizations, 3 international USFs, 1 supplier
(B – Voice + Internet areas)
USF projects were tendered with both models together for minimum areas (Mohafadat)
By ARAB NEWS Feb 3, 2012 (Excerpts)
Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has announced the completion of the pilot project for the universal service fund.
The project aims to provide voice and broadband Internet connectivity to the residents of the districts of Khulais and Al-Kamel in the Makkah Region, and the district of Mahd Al-Dhahab in the MadinahRegion. Mobilysaid 482 villages that belong to these provinces have been covered in a record time despite the region’s terrain nature, and 153 locations have been developed with advanced 3G technology while being connected via Mobily’s huge Optical Fibers’ Network.
Al-Nasser thanked the CITC for the opportunity it has given Mobily to achieve the country’s overall orientation by having communications services reach all the Kingdom’s residents. He also praised the board’s admirable cooperation and keenness to complete the project on time, and determination ….. one of the many motives that contributed to the completion of the project on time.
By ARAB NEWS
Published: Feb 11(Excerpts)
ZainSaudi Arabia confirmed that it had
completed the work on the second project
for Universal Service Fund.
The company, through this project, provided telecomservices and broadband data transmission to each of the provinces of Aldayer, Darb and Raith in Jazan Region, and all provinces in Al-Jawf region (Qurayat, Dawmat Al-Jandal and Sakaka) and the Northern Borders region (Arar, Rafha and Turaif).
The company said it had completed the entire project covering about 550 villages of these provinces via the setting up of 170 sites. Through this project, the company’s new reach is over 175,000 people.
Zain KSA Chief Operations Officer Ahmed Al-Faifisaid that although the company has provided higher speeds than those required in some areas in order to provide the best telecom services and data transmission to users of its network in the Kingdom.
He also indicated that the second USF project awarded to Zain KSA comes in line with government guidelines for comprehensive strategic development, providing telephone and broadband Internet services to all regions and all segments of society, under direct supervision of the CITC.
Sector review & market study
Baseline demand survey in all districts
Final approved Strategic Plan released
7 yrOperating Plan
Draft Strategic Plan available internally
Draft Strategic Plan to stakeholder consultation
UAS/USF Benchmark study 13 key countries for USF admin strategy
Pilot RFP issued
Vast majority of the 1,142 Rural Administrative Centres (Markaz)in these population ranges