The Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Abdullah Al-Sawaha, sponsored in Riyadh recently the launch of the International Forum for Extraterrestrial Networks.
This came in the presence of a group of officials and several CEOs of major companies specialized in the field of underground networks.
A group of international specialists and researchers in technology and investment, as well as regulators at the local and international levels from more than 130 countries, were also present.
The Governor of the Communications Authority, Dr. Muhammad Al-Tamimi, explained that the aim of organizing this forum is to build bridges of cooperation to adopt innovations that will contribute to the development of the economy.
The forum also aims to develop services that are expected to contribute to enabling unconnected people from all over the world to connect to the network, and that this is the basis and not a privilege offered to some without others.
Al-Tamimi stressed that non-terrestrial networks are effective in increasing coverage and linking hard-to-reach areas.
He also called for the expansion of the use of these networks responsibly and sustainably to serve humanity and protect the planet from the harmful effects of space.
He described the technology market in the Kingdom as the largest and fastest growing in the Middle East and Africa, stressing the importance of continuing to work to enhance the Kingdom’s position in the field of communications, space, and technology.
This international forum is one of the pillars of the non-terrestrial network program launched by the authority, and it discusses through its sessions many axes that affect the most prominent services provided through these networks.
The forum also reviews the role of non-terrestrial networks in the adoption of the sixth generation of 6G communications networks
It includes the global research competition for underground networks launched by the authority in cooperation with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).