|02 January, 2019

Mobile, internet penetration nears 100% in 2018 in Saudi Arabia

Mobile phone use reached 99.16% in 2018, the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) revealed

Image used for illustrative purpose. A Saudi man explores social media on his mobile device in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A Saudi man explores social media on his mobile device in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Riyadh –  Penetration for mobile phones and the use of the internet has neared 100% among families in Saudi Arabia in 2018, data released on Tuesday showed.

Mobile phone use reached 99.16% in 2018, the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) revealed after conducting a survey on families and individuals in the kingdom, indicating that such a level of penetration confirms the kingdom’s transformation.

Around 75.19% of individuals of varying ages said they used a mobile phone, while 92.66% of people aged 12 to 65 said they used mobiles in 2018.

As for computers, 50.57% of families said they owned a computer, although the majority said they preferred a laptop or tablet.

Around 26.68% of people of various ages said they used a computer, while 33.16% of people aged 12 to 65 said they used them in 2018, according to GASTAT’s survey.

As for the internet, the report showed that 89.77% of families had internet access, particularly through long-term evolution (LTE) connections.

Of this figure, 68.82% of families said they used internet using mobile data plans, while 33.01% used a portable modem.

Over 91% of people in Saudi Arabia said they used the internet at least one per day, while 5.61% said they used it once a week.

Survey respondents said that social media topped the reasons they accessed the internet, followed by gaming sites.

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