Court Orders CITC to Allow Free Roaming

Interesting twist in the story of the government banning telecom companies from offering free global roaming to their customers. One of the telcos has sued the regulatory authority and the court has ordered the latter to allow free roaming. Arab News reports:

The Board of Grievances has ordered the country’s telecommunications regulatory authority to allow Mobily to offer free roaming services to its customers, a move welcomed here by many people.

Mobily had taken the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) to court over its decision to ban local service providers — which includes STC and Zain — from offering customers free roaming.

The court also ordered the CITC to lift the SR 500,000 fine it had slapped on Mobily for continuing to offer its free service, according to a report published yesterday. The CITC can appeal the decision.

A CITC spokesman told al-Eqtisadiah that they do not comment on legal cases or sentences, but another source at the regulator told the paper they have the right to appeal the court’s decision.