Internet usage has increased by 16 percent in the Kingdom, with a 10 percent growth in the number of providers expected by the end of this year.
Internet providers said that modern and smart technologies are helping to increase Internet use as services are available in packages for all social sectors.
Meanwhile, a number of Internet providers met at a seven-day workshop where they discussed the use of cloud computing to improve the performance of government and private sector companies and agencies.
The participants noted that subscriptions to broadband services via fixed telecommunication networks increased to 14.82 million subscribers at the end 2012, a 12 percent rise from 2011, while the number of Internet subscribers was recorded at 15.8 million subscribers in 2012.
The estimated expenditure on telecommunications and information technology stood at SR 94 billion in 2010.
Information technology accounted for 30 percent of total expenditure, according to a report from the Communications and Information Technology Commission.