STC signs up Alcatel for $12 million network expansion project

STC will use the LMDS networking kit to deliver high-speed data access, leased line, frame relay and PABX interconnection services to small-to-medium enterprises.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  December 31, 2001

Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) has signed a US $12 million deal with Alcatel to will bring high-speed data access and other broadband services to the bandwidth starved Kingdom.

During the initial phase of the project, Alcatel will deploy local mid-point distribution service (LMDS) base stations and associated networking kit for customer premises.

STC will use the LMDS networking equipment to deliver high-speed data access, leased line, frame relay and PABX interconnection services to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs).

The LMDS rollout will connect the already existing 600-strong customer base in Jeddah and Riyadh.

Alcatel will also deliver end-to-end network and service management (NSM) through its 5620 Network Manager. The vendor is due to provide such as additional services such as radio network planning, installation and commissioning, project management and technical support.

“With Alcatel’s LMDS solution we will be able to quickly roll-out our network and begin delivering the revenue generating services customers are looking for in this rapidly developing market,” said Ayed Al Shemrani, vice president marketing & sales for STC.

“Deploying Alcatel’s LMDS solution represents the first commercial broadband wireless deployment in Riyadh and Jeddah, and should give the growing local business community the communication tools they need to work more efficiently,” he adds.

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