18.1 million internet users in KSA at the end of Q1 2014
The number of Internet users in the Kingdom continue to raise rapidly, reaching about 18.1 million at the end of Q1 2014, with a population penetration of 58.1%.
Increased demand for Internet services and broadband was observed due to high use of social networking applications, video downloading and gaming. Customers are seeking higher speeds and larger packages resulting in heavy data traffic on both mobile and fixed networks.
It is expected that the demand for Internet services will continue to increase significantly over the next few years as a result of the availability of high speed fiber-optic networks (FTTx), increased Internet content, and the continued spread of handheld smart devices and applications.