State-of-the-art for STC

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) joins forces with three technology and telecommunications specialists to create a high-tech broadband network.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  December 7, 2005

Over the past six years Saudi Telecom Communications (STC) has grown its global market share and has achieved significant growth in both its consumer and business subscriber groups. The company is now officially the largest telco not only in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), but also in the GCC region. In the hopes of reinforcing its market position as the regional leader and a global player, the company has now announced that it will be partnering with Alcatel, Cisco Systems, and Lucent Technologies to create a state-of-the-art broadband network. The partnership will give STC an extra 250,000 DSL lines by mid 2006 and will cover 75% of the KSA. The development will provide more network capacity to service the growing number of STC customers. Over the next twelve months, Alcatel will deploy nationwide a total of 170,000 DSL ports, the largest DSL contract in the region in terms of ports. “The Middle East is a key area for broadband development, with large increases in the number of broadband subscribers, and a clear path towards triple play,” explains Michel Rahier, president of Alcatel’s fixed communications activities. Cisco Systems will also be implementing its IP/MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) solution to build the core of STC's new wireless broadband service, giving consumers an even greater choice of services. The new system will be installed in 23 sties and will cover the Kingdom by the first quarter of 2006. “The Kingdom is at the vortex of rapid transformation in its telecom sector and there is a considerable demand for advanced data services. [This development] will usher in a new era of broadband services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” enthuses Dr. Badr Al Badr, Cisco Systems’ general manager for the KSA. In order to bring more value-added features to STC's data services for consumers and business users, Lucent Technologies will integrate its AnyMedia Access System and WiMax. The implementation will start with Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Provinces in early 2006 and by the end of the year it too will cover the whole of the Kingdom. According to Talmage Bursh, Lucent’s president for the MEA region, “[This] solution that enhances the DSL user experience. STC has always been on providing its customers with the latest technology and best available solutions to ensure an unparalleled user experience.” Saudi customers can now look forward to and enjoy a multitude of services in the future as the developments will enable consumers to enjoy such services as triple play, video streaming, web casting, leading edge multi player gaming and all types of voice services, ranging from traditional to voice-over-broadband. President of STC, Eng. Khalid Al Molhem, comments: "This is a milestone in our company's development; we are committed to developing and offering services that will enrich the lives of our valued and loyal customers. By entering into these agreements with our new partners, we will be able to deliver features that will match our customers evolving and dynamic lifestyle."

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