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Current State of Internet Growth and Usage in Saudi Arabia and Its Ability to Support E-Commerce Development

Current State of Internet Growth and Usage in Saudi Arabia and Its Ability to Support E-Commerce Development
Haya Alshehri and Farid Meziane
Abstract—It is widely recognized that the Internet has been rapidly growing and massively used in recent years. Previous studies have revealed that this is true for Internet users across the world. Likewise it is reported, lack of ICT infrastructures and is one of the main reason behind lack of spread of E-Commerce. The study attempted to understand the state of Internet growth and activities usage and its ability to support E-Commerce development .Little attention has been paid to testing particular questions in this study which proper investigation can help in understanding the prospects of the development and adoption of E-Commerce. The current study will attempt to confirm on whether similar growth and usage of the Internet is also happening in Saudi Arabia and whether this will help in establishing a platform of E-Commerce development. Quantitative data was gathered from 606 Saudis living in various parts of Saudi Arabia. Four questions related to the use of the Internet in Saudi Arabia are tested. The outcome shows that the findings are similar to those of other countries. In addition, individuals’ readiness to use the Internet as their main shopping medium is approved by more than half of the sample used.

Index Terms—internet usage, E-commerce, Saudi Arabia, quantitative research

Cite: Haya Alshehri and Farid Meziane, "Current State of Internet Growth and Usage in Saudi Arabia and Its Ability to Support E-Commerce Development" Journal of Advanced Management Science, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 127-132, March 2017. doi: 10.18178/joams.5.2.127-132
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