5G is not only the next iteration of an established technological protocol; it also makes feasible a wide range of applications that couldn’t exist before in a mobile network. The efforts of Saudi Arabia to build up its 5G network have raised the country’s standing among the various GCC nations. The Kingdom is making substantial strides in expanding its network’s bandwidth as well as its capacity to provide high-quality video services. Autonomous cars, the IoT, smart cities, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) will all need 5G to function correctly. It will also facilitate developments in complex AI processing by enabling devices to offload computation to the cloud.
Among the countries with 5G availability, Bahrain has 34.9%, Kuwait 33.6%, and the Kingdom has 28.2%, according to OpenSignal. 5G will be a critical facilitator of the digital transformation reshaping economies and society. Consumers can expect improved availability, ease of use, and better service due to digitization, which will spur innovation and create new products.
Is 5G The Missing Key To KSA’s Digital Future?
The Saudi government plans to improve its information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure as part of Vision 2030. It includes increasing the availability of high-speed internet inside and between urban areas. The plan’s ultimate objective is to improve urban housing coverage to more than 90% in areas with high populations and 66% in other zones. By 2026, 62 million people in the GCC area are projected to have 5G mobile subscriptions, representing about 73% of the region’s mobile subscribers. Saudi Arabia’s major cities are ideal for the rapid and flexible deployment of 5G services due to their diverse ecosystems, cutting-edge academic institutions, and innovative corporate settings.
5G Is The Spark That Will Set Off A Competitive Industrial Revolution Across KSA’s Key Sectors
The initial wave of 5G business applications in Saudi Arabia will focus on the country’s three primary industries: oil and gas, the public sector, and manufacturing. It will enable the country to meet its objectives of building a vibrant society, a booming economy, and an ambitious nation. There is a critical demand for IoT solutions that support cost and performance improvement in the oil and gas industry, which is highly speculative and quite unstable. In addition, the availability of e-government services for large populations would need networks with significantly enhanced capacities. 5G is expected to support up to 6.5% of public services worldwide. 5G can facilitate the transition to smart manufacturing by transmitting data between thousands of devices in real time.
5G – A Driving Force Behind Industry 4.0 In MEA Region
With the arrival of Industry 4.0, the Middle East and Africa region will see a flood of innovations and developments previously unseen in the area. 5G networks will be the engine that drives this digital and wireless transition which will spur regional economic growth. Many MEA nations would benefit from the smart city and agricultural revolution enabled by 5G networks due to their reliability, efficiency, reduced latency, and enormous connection volume. It will boost IoT and industrial revenue and expedite digitalization.