Al-Khobar in the Eastern Province has become the first city in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to benefit from a pilot project on the fifth-generation wireless network, or 5G network, according to a press statement issued by the Center of International Communication.

The project was implemented on the first week of Ramadan, a move welcomed by a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for addressing issues concerning information and communications technology worldwide.

A report released on Thursday by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) praised the Kingdom for adopting the latest technology, saying that the project was launched soon after Saudi Arabia’s national ICT regulator, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), issued licenses for testing the 5G mobile network using 100 MHz channels in the bandwidth of 3.6Ghz–3.8GHz.