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STC selects Huawei technology for metro networks

STC to use Huawei's PID technology to deliver next-generation metro network

The PID technology will help STC to construct advanced metro WDM networks.
The PID technology will help STC to construct advanced metro WDM networks.

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has selected Huawei solutions to build its next-generation metro WDM networks.

The company will use Huawei technology to construct ‘ultra-bandwidth' metro networks, to serve increasing demand for its advanced offerings such as IPTV and mobile broadband.

STC will become the first operator in the Middle East to use Photonic Integrated Device (PID) technology, which saves both space and power usage in network operations.


PID technology makes it easier to deploy and maintain next-generation metro WDM networks. The technology greatly simplifies the WDM architecture by integrating multiple key photonic components of the WDM system—such as lasers, modulators, detectors, multiplexers and demultiplexers—into a 5cm PID chip. Compared to a traditional WDM network, a PID-enabled WDM network can save up to 50% of space and power and 90% of the fibre connection.

"The PID technology helps us construct advanced metro WDM networks, provide multi-granularity services quickly and easily, and serve our customers more agilely," said Khaled I Al-Dharrab, Transport Network Director of STC.

"Bringing new technologies to market within the Kingdom, we look forward to working with STC on this endeavor as a means for developing more efficient, environmentally-friendly ICT systems," added Wu Weitao, general manager of Huawei in KSA.