50 million mobile subscriptions in KSA at the end of Q1 2014
The total number of mobile subscriptions reached around 50 million at the end of Q1 2014, with penetration rate of 165.1%.
Prepaid subscriptions constitute the majority (over 86.5%) of all mobile subscriptions. The continued decrease in the number of subscriptions since 2012 seen here is due to of the adoption of CITC’s decision linking the sale and activation of pre-paid SIM cards with the national ID systems.
As companies deactivated a large number of unidentified SIM cards, this impacted the total number of subscriptions and penetration rate.
Fixed telephone lines reached 4.8 million at the end of Q1 2014, of which around 3.4 million or 71% were residential lines. This represents a household teledensity of around 64.8%, while the population teledensity is about 15.6%, taking to consideration the growth in the number of households.