Saudi Telecom boosts datacomm capability in Eastern Province

Saudi Telecom (STC) has boosted its optical transmission infrastructure to support a range of datacomm services and link its network to the UAE.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  July 18, 2004

Saudi Telecom (STC) has boosted its optical transmission infrastructure to support a range of datacomm services and link its network to the UAE. After recently signing a framework agreement with STC, Siemens ICN provided its multi-service provisioning platform to the national operator and built an SDH-based transmission ring in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province. The route, planned to go into operation during July, will improve STC’s infrastructure in the southern part of the province and connect the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s national networks. It will also allow the operator to offer new datacomm services alongside traditional SDH solutions. “The Eastern Province is a very important commercial region, situated along the Arabian Gulf that comprises 25% of the total area of the Kingdom,” says Marc Renz, Siemens ICN’s account manager for Saudi Telecom. “[The platform] will enable leased lines for the customer — classical SDH services, data services based on Ethernet and storage area network (SAN) services. [The platform] will [also] allow STC to optimise bandwidth,” he adds. Following a software upgrade, the network management system Siemens has already supplied to STC will be used to control the infrastructure. “This sets the stage for an easy migration to a convergent, IP-optimised network,” says Renz.

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