Saudi Arabia’s CITC ranks Q2 2021 gaming performance of telecos

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) published the “Game Mode” report for the second quarter (Q2) of 2021, ranking Saudi Arabia’s telecom service providers based on their video game performance.

According to the “Game Mode” statistics for this quarter, Zain and STC tied for first place in most video games. In four of the five most popular games namely Fortnite, FIFA 21, Apex Legends, and Dota 2 in Saudi Arabia, Zain and STC outperformed Mobily and Salam (ITC previously) with lower latency.

Zain and STC scored an average reaction time of 12 milliseconds in Fortnite, a popular video game among Saudi youth. The soccer video game FIFA was also put to the test in game mode, with Zain and STC tied for the first rank among operators with an average response time of 13 milliseconds, followed by Mobily at 23 milliseconds, and Salam at 24 milliseconds.

In the online game DOTA 2, Zain holds first place with 20 milliseconds, followed by STC with 23 milliseconds, Salam with 25 milliseconds, and Mobily with 31 milliseconds.

Similar to the previous quarter, performance for the popular game, League of Legends remained relatively low across the spectrum of operators, with Mobily topping the list of service providers with an average latency of 79 milliseconds, followed by STC with 86 milliseconds, Salam with 89 milliseconds, and finally Zain with 91 milliseconds.

The report is part of CITC’s framework for promoting healthy competition among telecom providers in order to deliver the greatest experience for gamers, increase market transparency, and give key data and indications on the sector’s performance to investors and the general public.

The Q2 2021 game mode report also provides vital information on telecom companies’ overall latency performance within fixed, mobile, and 5G networks.

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