Jul 29, 2021

Riyadh ranked sixth fastest 5G network during the first half of 2021 in the world

Riyadh ranked sixth among the fastest capitals globally in 5G network performance, with an average download speed of 384.66 Mbps, in the first half of 2021, replacing the Swedish capital Stockholm, according to a report by Ookla, which specializes in analyzing the performance and availability of 5G networks in capital cities around the world. This constitutes a distinguished success for it reflects the KSA’s efforts in developing the ICT infrastructure and its support for the digital transformation process.
Speedtest by Ookla, the popular internet speed test tool, highlights in its report the performance and availability of 5G networks in 30 capital cities around the world, as mobile operators are investing in infrastructure to expand 5G deployment.
This classification reflects stc Group’s success in building an advanced 5G network in the Middle East, especially that the network of stc Kuwait and stc Bahrain covers the cities of Kuwait and Manama, which ranked seventh and fifteenth fastest, respectively. stc's 5G network covers most of the regions of the KSA, with its services now reaching 66 new governorates. It also reached high readiness in the technical infrastructure for digital solutions during this year's Hajj season as the fastest network, for it worked on expanding the coverage of the 5G network in Mecca and the Holy Sites by 48 percent compared to last year, in an effort to provide high-speed communication technologies, as much as possible.
stc Group has shared with the world a qualitative set of KSA success stories in the communications and digital technologies sectors, as well as the advanced programs it has achieved in the digital transformation field in the KSA. It has upgraded services provided by the ICT sector at the level of the Kingdom and enhanced its competitiveness at the regional and global levels. stc has always ranked among the top telecommunication companies in the region, according to several international classifications, played a role in launching programs for initiatives and comprehensive solutions in innovation and sustainability, and developed emerging technology platforms, which contributed to the KSA receiving the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2021 award granted by the International Telecommunication Union.
Ookla is the global leader in internet and data testing and analysis, in addition to issuing accurate and reliable reports on global network performance and coverage, using Speedtest, a tool that measures internet performance and quality. Ookla’s reports provide in-depth data and insights regarding country trends as well as analysis on what drives market developments, based on results millions of Speedtest users.