Country Report


Saudi Arabia

Asia, Western Asia

Saudi Arabia ranks first in Asia for Internet usage, with all 35 million in the country using the Internet, and ranks third in Asia for IPv6 adoption, behind India (70%) and Malaysia (64%). Its poor Transit Provider Diversity and peering efficiency though are impacting its overall resilience. From a security standpoint, its DNSSEC adoption ranks top three in Asia, its Top Level Domain, .sa, has deployed DNSSEC, and its RPKI coverage across IPv4 and IPv6 is fairly good. Areas that it needs to address are its overall RPKI Adoption which is well below the average for Asia and its Internet Freedom score.

Open Internet Environment

The open Internet allows people and organizations to mix and match technologies without permission and with minimal barriers. Sustaining and growing an open Internet helps to spur innovation and keep it fit for future applications. An open Internet is an accessible Internet – it is easy to connect to the open Internet and use its services.
Internet Use
Top 5
Individuals using the Internet as a percentage of the total population
Regional Rank: 1
Asia avg.
Internet Resilience Score
A resilient Internet connection is one that maintains an acceptable level of service in the face of faults and challenges to normal operation
Regional Rank: 8
Asia avg.
Internet Freedom
Freedom on the Net measures Internet freedom in 70 countries
Transit Provider Diversity
More diversity in routes to the global Internet improves connection resilience
Retail ISP Diversity
Diversity of retail Internet providers improves resilience and user choice
IXP Operator Market
A measure of the diversity and concentration of the local market for Internet Exchange Point operations
Popular Content Locality
A measure of how much locally popular web content is hosted in-country or in-region
Regional Rank: 33
Asia avg.

Globally Connected Infrastructure

The globally connected Internet is inclusive. It allows networks and users to interconnect without geographical restrictions. Increasing the connectivity of the Internet makes it more valuable to every participant, as a tool for communications, learning, commerce.
Networks Assigned
A measure of how many Internet networks are active here
Regional Rank: 19
Asia avg.
Addresses Assigned IPv6
A measure of how many Internet addresses are assigned here
Regional Rank: 16
Asia avg.
IPv6 Adoption
Top 5
Enabling the Internet to support more users and more uses
Regional Rank: 3
Asia avg.
Internet Exchange Points
IXPs help strengthen local Internet connectivity, develop local Internet industry, improve competitiveness, and serve as a hub for technical activity
Regional Rank: 12
Asia avg.
Addresses Assigned IPv4
A measure of how many legacy addresses are assigned here
Regional Rank: 11
Asia avg.
Peering Networks
Peering networks help to keep Internet traffic local, provide faster connections, and improve the experience of the people relying on them
Regional Rank: 16
Asia avg.

Secure and Trustworthy Internet

A secure Internet is resistant to attacks on its infrastructure, delivering a robust service to its user community. A trustworthy Internet meets the expectations of its users by offering a resilient and reliable base for applications and services.
Naming Security Status
Adopting DNSSEC improves trustworthiness of Internet communications
DNSSEC Status Icon
Naming Security Coverage
A measure of how much local web content supports DNSSEC for improved trustworthiness
Regional Rank: 6
Asia avg.
Naming Security Adoption
Top 5
A measure of how much local Internet users are protected by DNSSEC
Regional Rank: 1
Asia avg.
Routing Security Adoption
A measure of how much local Internet providers are checking validity of connectivity information they receive from other networks
Regional Rank: 38
Asia avg.
Routing Security Coverage IPv4
One measure of how much local Internet network providers are securing their infrastructure
Regional Rank: 9
Asia avg.
Routing Security Coverage IPv6
One measure of how much local Internet network providers are securing their infrastructure
Regional Rank: 24
Asia avg.

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