By Alex Marklew
The Saudi Telecom Company and American network firm Tellabs are working together to speed up communication services in the Kingdom.
The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is working with Tellabs to migrate its analogue voice and data services onto a new digital exchange that promises customers high-speed Internet access, video connections and virtual private networks.
“The migration of analogue services to a digital network will significantly reduce our maintenance costs as we will able to use a single network that is managed centrally for all our business services,” said Abdul Rahman Al Yamy, president of STC.
“Tellabs’ solution enables us to offer higher data rates and new broadband services to our business customers.”
STC will be deploying the Focus LX platform, an add/drop multiplexer that transports various broadband communication signals.
The Saudi company will also being using Tellabs’ MartisDXX system to connect business or mobile subscribers to a communications network, allowing access to broadband.
“Tellabs has been working with STC for several years,” said Heikki Hiltunen, vice president and general manager for Tellabs EMEA.
“We are proud to expand on our relationship with STC by helping them to migrate analogue services to a digital network that will enable them to roll out new services quickly.”
Tellabs will be working with Baud Telecom, STC’s integration partner, to design, install, commission, migrate, test and maintain the network. By using local resources, Tellabs hopes to deploy the new solutions much faster than normal.
The American company operates in 80 countries worldwide, specialising in the design construction and implementation of optical networking, broadband access and next-generation switching equipment.