The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has published the Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) regulations, which consist of three regulatory documents. The respective documents are “Regulations for Provisioning of Operation Services of Non-terrestrial Networks (NTN)”, “Regulations for Provisioning of Telecommunication Services over Non-terrestrial Networks (NTN)”, and “Regulation for Registration of Telecommunication Space Stations”. These regulations aim to enable these networks, create an encouraging regulatory environment that promotes investment, facilitate the adoption of the latest NTN wireless technologies and contribute to the thriving digital economy in the Kingdom.
CITC has indicated that the regulations aim to provide communication services using cutting-edge wireless technologies and enable the wide spread of NTN technologies by following the principle of "technology-neutral". CITC has illustrated that creating a well-established regulatory environment for NTN will attract investments in the Kingdom that will play a vital role to unleash the full potential of these technologies.
CITC pointed out that the NTN regulations will encourage investments in the ICT sector, develop the digital economy, and enable various technologies to the end user in the Kingdom. These technologies include Air- to- ground (A2G) communication, Mega Constellations, Satellite Internet of Things (SAT-IoT), 5G CGC, High Altitude Platform Technologies (HAPS), and Low Altitude Platform Technologies ( LAPS).