2005 News Story

Home computer ownership to be facilitated

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has a plan to help Saudi families own personal computers and access the Internet. The Saudi Home Computing Initiative will bring state-of-the-art technology into Saudi homes, raise computer literacy, and make the Internet available to many more people.

Under the Initiative, the first to receive a PC will be a Saudi family in Riyadh this week. The only requirement will be a supplementary SR100 [U.S. $ 26.7] each month on that family’s land-line telephone bill. The goal is to place one million PC packages in Saudi homes within five years. The PC package will include Microsoft Office and Arabic software as well as a two-year period of Internet access.