Saudi Arabia ranked second among G20 countries for telecoms expansion

Saudi Arabia has succeeded in increasing the average speed of mobile internet services substantially. (Shutterstock photo)
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Updated 01 January 2020

Saudi Arabia ranked second among G20 countries for telecoms expansion

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked second among the G20 group of leading nations for the development of its telecommunication services.

According to global radio spectrum allocation reports, the Kingdom made the largest breakthrough among G20 countries in terms of the amount of radio spectrum awarded to operators in globally identified frequency bands for public mobile telecom services.

Since the end of the second quarter of 2019, the Kingdom has been positioned behind Japan in the sector’s league table.

The Global Broadband Speed Test, Speedtest.net, recently revealed that the Kingdom had succeeded in increasing the average speed of mobile internet services from 9.2 megabits per second (Mbps) at the end of September 2017, to 37.5 Mbps by the end of May this year. 

 

 


Saudi Arabia tells UN: We are promoting sustainable methods in housing

Updated 25 February 2020

Saudi Arabia tells UN: We are promoting sustainable methods in housing

  • Saudi Green Building Forum attended conference at UN headquarters
  • SGBF demonstrated its commitment to affordable housing through environmentally sustainable practices

JEDDAH: The Saudi Green Building Forum (SGBF) has shown that its mission aligns with the UN Commission for Social Development. 

A SGBF delegation attended the 58th session of the commission at UN headquarters in New York City on Wednesday.

The SGBF demonstrated its commitment to affordable housing through environmentally sustainable practices.

“The SGBF supports the integration of affordable housing within urban developments, architectural design and use of materials that support occupants’ wellbeing, and minimizing construction waste through efficient methods,” said Faisal Al-Fadl, SGBF chair representative to the UN.

Al-Fadl told Arab News: “Saudi Arabia is addressing key messages on clean energy and is focusing on a low-carbon, resource-efficient, inclusive circular economy and building systems addressing these core issues.

“The Kingdom is complying with the principle of sustainability and is helping to advance the resilience of our cities.”

The UN Commission for Social Development’s role is to monitor national and global socioeconomic trends, identify emerging issues and assess their implications for social policy at the national and international levels.

The session reviewed some of the social challenges of implementing the 2030 Agenda, with a focus on issues relevant to the three core social development goals identified at the World Summit for Social Development. 

The goals are eradicating poverty, promoting productive employment and decent work and promoting social inclusion.

The SGBF’s mission focuses on the resilience of city development practices within affordable housing developments to minimize negative impacts on the planet and citizens.

The forum addressed the practices of green systems and sustainable development in the Arab world. It said it will continue to work with the commission to support new resolutions on social and development issues, including the first-ever text on homelessness to be approved by a UN intergovernmental body.