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Chapter | ICT from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2020

The ICT sector is at the forefront of the digital transformation outlined in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, and is poised to be a key element of diversifying the...

Saudi Arabia’s decision to weaken the link between hydrocarbons and economic growth, and pursue a policy of diversification has seen a wide range of projects come to fruition in the last several years. While at present the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented plunge in oil prices are causing significant short-term uncertainty, the reforms that have been put in place in recent years should stand the Kingdom in good stead over the longer term.

As the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt globally, Abu Dhabi has sought to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with stimulus measures, while cloud services offered by local data centres are making it easier for people to work and study from home.

In a bid to contain the outbreak, on March 14 Senegal was the first sub-Saharan African country to close its schools. The country has also adopted a host of other measures, including travel restrictions and bans on cruise ships, public gatherings and events.

 

Qatar has positioned itself as a pioneer in ICT technology as the rollout of a 5G network across the country continues, bringing with it a host of exciting use cases for digital government and smart city initiatives. The country’s main telecoms companies, Vodafone and Ooredoo, reported stable performance in 2019 on the back of higher post-paid...

 

How are ICT firms working to bolster digitalisation in Qatar and beyond?

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