Mobily signs US$267 million Saudi network deal

The projects will see 12,600 kms of fibre-optic cable deployed, providing high-speed data and transmission servicesacross the kingdom.

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By  Alex Ritman Published  June 8, 2006

Saudi Arabia’s second GSM licence operator Mobily has signed a US$267 million with a consortium of Saudi Arabian and French companies that will see the deployment of a 12,600 km fibre-optic cable network. The project, known as the Saudi National Fibre Network, will provide high-speed data transmission services across the kingdom. The consortium is made up of Integrated Telecom Company, Bayanat Al-Oula For Network Services, and Thales Saudi Arabia. The project will be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, the cities of Alkhobar, Dammam, Riyadh, Buraidah, Al-Qassim, Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, will be covered, accounting for over 70% of the kingdom’s total telecommunications. According to Mobily CEO Khalid Al Kaf, the project will allow for a great deal more offerings from the operator. “The implementation of this network will signify the introduction of a new landmark in the telecoms industry, as it will lead to the expansion of the telecoms infrastructure capable of providing a wide spectrum of services both in the short and long run.” The new network will allow advanced data services including video, voice messages and high-speed broadband internet access, providing download speed from 5 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Mobily, operated by the UAE’s Etihad Etisalat, currently provides mobile services across Saudi. The operator celebrated its first birthday in May 2006, announcing that it had attracted over 3.83 million subscribers in twelve months.

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