Messaging in Saudi Arabia

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Mobile operators users (Ths.)

Mobile market shares

Messaging price in Saudi Arabia

SMS Viber WhatsApp RCS
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Saudi Arabia on the world map

Country info

CapitalRiyadh
LanguageArabic
Riyadh timezoneGMT+3
Current time26/10 11:56
Currency﷼ (SAR)
VAT5.00%
Population34 218 169
Cellular users46 374 000
Mobile penetration135.52%
Country codeSA
Calling code+966
Mobile number portability, MNPYes
Mobile country code, MCC420
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Major mobile carriers in Saudi Arabia

Check the best prices on business messaging for STC, Mobily, Zain and other carriers in Saudi Arabia

MCCMNCMCCMNCCarrierOther names
4200142001Bulk and OTP SMS on STC via MessaggioSTCAl Jawal, Saudi Telecom, Bravo
4200342003Bulk and OTP SMS on Mobily via MessaggioMobilyEtihad Etisalat
4200442004Bulk and OTP SMS on Zain via MessaggioZain

MCCMNC in Saudi Arabia

42001, 42003, 42004

There are 4 MVNOs (Mobile virtual network operators) in Saudi Arabia. Virtual operators might either obtain dedicated MCCMNC code, or just a white-label from one of the carriers, without mobile network code.
  • 2FA (Two factors authentification)
  • OTP (One time password)
  • A2P (Application to persons)
  • P2A (Persons to application)
  • RBM (Rich business messaging)
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MVNO Mobile virtual network operators in Saudi Arabia

MCCMNCMCCMNCMVNOOther namesBase network
420Bulk and OTP SMS on Axiom Telecom via MessaggioAxiom Telecom

Bulk and OTP SMS on Zain via MessaggioZain

420Bulk and OTP SMS on Friendi mobile via MessaggioFriendi mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Zain via MessaggioZain

4200542005Bulk and OTP SMS on Virgin Mobile via MessaggioVirgin Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on STC via MessaggioSTC

4200642006Bulk and OTP SMS on Lebara Mobile via MessaggioLebara Mobile

Bulk and OTP SMS on Mobily via MessaggioMobily

MVNO is an addition to a regular telecom operator, which is a different on the same physical network.

The biggest difference between the different MVNOs is that they don’t have their own dedicated base stations, cell towers, or transmitters.

There are 2 different types of MVNOs: independent networks with their own network code and call routing, or a network with only a base operator SIM card with a different design.

MVNOs have their own autonomous network for sending shorter messages (including RCS and SMS), and utilize their operator’s parent network.

Users usually don’t understand the difference between MVNO and the main operator brands – they just compare the rates.

MVNO tariffs are very profitable locally, but even more expensive are the roaming tariffs that are pricier than the parent operator.

MVNOs also change brands a lot, and in the column of the “Other Names” table you’ll see the prior names of the virtual operator (if there are any).

Sometimes the operator purchases a MVNO company based solely on its network. They then merge their own brand with this new one they’ve purchased. When this happens, the MVNO no longer exists as a separator operator, and a brand-new entry is added to the MCCMNC networks that the operator has.

Obsolete, inactive and special types of mobile operators in Saudi Arabia

MCCMNCMCCMNCCarrierOther names
4202142021RGSMSaudi Railways GSM

Saudi railways

There are cases when mobile network codes are occupied not by mobile carriers, but government structures (military, railway, landline phone authorities), fixed and broadband internet providers, scientific organisations, etc. Some MCCMNCs belong to obsolete legal entities, acquired by other market players or went to bankruptcy, but codes are kept for a certain period for legacy purposes.