STC cuts through red tape for expatriates

Saudi Telecommunications Company plans to relax rules that restrict the ownership of phone lines for expatriates. Sources suggest a sponsor's guarantee will no longer be required.

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By  Rob Corder Published  May 15, 2001

Saudi Telecommunications Company is about to make it easier for expatriates in the Kingdom to get their phone connected.

STC's current rules force expatriates to get a letter of guarantee from their sponsor that promises to settle any bills if the subscriber defaults.

This rule, according to a report in Arab News, will be replaced with the option for an expatriate to provide a bank guarantee in his own name. A guarantee of SR500 will be required for a local call connection. This will increase to SR1000 if the subscriber wants to make national calls and SR2000 for the ability to make international calls.

The new flexibility from STC will also be extended to the Internet. The company's president, Abdul Rahman Al-Yami, says a system for online bill payment is being developed at the moment and "will be available soon."

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