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This Policy applies to all relevant government entities and private sector stakeholders and local and international investors in the digital Infrastructure domain.
The scope of this policy also includes the digital infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia including Internet backbone (transoceanic fiber-optic cables), fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, mobile networks, satellites, data and cloud computing centers, end-user devices, software platforms and network edge devices.
Policy: Digital infrastructure policy.
MCIT: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
CST: Communications, Space and Technology Commission
Sector: Communication and information Technology sector
Key Areas: Places located outside the urban area (or what is known as remote) provided that government facilities are available there
Digital infrastructure: A physical system used to provide services including facilities, networks, and devices.
Data Centers: A physical facility that houses data through computer systems and associated components, and includes computing infrastructure required by IT systems, such as servers, data storage systems, and network equipment.
Network technologies: Technologies that allow users to exchange data of all sizes across many modern devices and channels spread over the Internet, including the fifth-generation network, (5G), the Internet of Things (IoT) and others.
Net Neutrality: In principle, it is the concept of equality in the use of applications and services, and internet traffic between local and international content providers, if any.
Resilience: The ability of digital infrastructure to deal with stressful conditions, withstand shocks, continuously adapt, and move quickly enough to overcome the disruptions and crises that appear over time.
Internet Ecosystem: A network of interconnected resources and actors that support the operation, development, and use of the Internet
Digital Divide: The gap between those who have access to and use information communication technologies (ICTs) and those who do not.
Broadband: A means of transmitting information, wired or wirelessly, at high speed and high capacity as well (compared to the capacities available in old telecommunications networks such as the first generation and second-generation mobile networks)
Coverage: The percentage of households that have access to a broadband connectivity service compared to all households in a given area.
Digital Hub: A location with a physical or virtual space that brings together individuals, organizations, and advanced networks with high speed and capacity to drive digital innovation and economic growth in the location itself, around the region, or around the whole world.
Reliability: The ability of the infrastructure to function as expected and to meet the needs of its users. This includes the ability of the infrastructure to be available, performant, and secure.
To achieve the objectives of the policy - without prejudice to the competencies of other government agencies - the Ministry works with government agencies and the private sector to implement the pillars of this policy that it stipulates and in accordance with government policies related to the sector. Below is a list of roles and responsibilities to implement the pillars of this policy:
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