Saudi’s CITC Free Local Roaming Fifth Phase Includes Makkah, Al-Baha


The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) free local roaming on its 5th phase has included Makkah and Al-Baha regions.

The CITC announced that it has launched the fifth phase of free local roaming, covering 5.7 thousand villages of the Makkah and Al-Baha regions.

The fifth phase of the free local roaming service aims to achieve 4801 villages in the Makkah region and 936 villages in the Albaha region.

The Commission confirmed its plan to cover all the Kingdoms’ regions with the local roaming service by the end of 2021, as it will facilitate the telecommunications networks service companies to benefit from the other network providers.

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The service also will meet the needs of the network beneficiaries to reach telecommunications providers, which will increase the available options and raise the service quality and enable the users to use any public network in case they could not reach their service provider free of cost.

The local roaming service will enhance and support the digital transformation empowerment in Saudi Arabia’s villages.

It is noteworthy that the service was launched in August of 2021 by the CITC as it has signed a commercial agreement between Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily) and Mobile Telecommunications Company Saudi Arabia (Zain) for the launch of the local roaming service.

The service has already covered most of the Saudi regions in its previous phases, which included: Assir, Riyadh, Qassim, the eastern region, the northern border, Al-Jowf, Madinah, Hail and Tabouk.