STC and Cisco sign managed services agreement to drive network capabilities

Updated 05 March 2017
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STC and Cisco sign managed services agreement to drive network capabilities

At Mobile World Congress, Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Cisco announced that they have signed a three-year managed services agreement to transform STC’s core network and operations, and prepare it for the digital era. The long-term contract delivers the full functionality of a Service Provider-grade Network Operating Center (NOC) to support STC’s drive to introduce new services, improve customer experiences and enhance network agility and performance.
The engagement extends the longstanding relationship between STC and Cisco and will support the telecom service provider in scaling to meet current and future customer demands. The transformation of STC’s network aligns with Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation and the country digitization acceleration plans announced between the government and Cisco last year, which aims to support the Kingdom’s digital economy ambitions.
“We operate in a constantly evolving industry in the Kingdom with a need to continuously improve our operational service and customer satisfaction, as well as reduce operational expenditure,” said Nasser Al-Nasser, senior vice president for technology and operations at STC. “This contract with Cisco has been structured to take our digital operations to the next level through the introduction of industry-leading tools, processes and, most importantly, a focus on developing local calibers across multiple technology domains to meet the needs of the business on the one side, and to increase the technical Saudi workforce on the other.”
While STC’s service availability and reliability are already considered industry benchmarks in the region, Cisco’s managed services will further elevate the performance of STC’s critical infrastructure. The new contract covers STC’s core MPLS, which carries all of the service provider’s core and critical services, in addition to WiFi and Evolved Packet core networks, as well as the IT Enterprise and Data Center core business.
“We are excited to play an integral role in supporting STC’s vision to accelerate technical and commercial innovation,” said Peter Karlstromer, senior vice president, global service provider, EMEAR, Cisco. “As part of our ongoing collaboration, this agreement places STC at the forefront of the latest developments in the telecoms sector, with a network capable of capturing emerging opportunities and fulfilling future requirements for end users and enterprises.”
Cisco’s managed services will enable STC to generate maximum value from their investments in network architecture and support the streamlining of operations, maintenance and the expansion of the telco’s network. The new agreement will also accelerate time to revenue for new services and reduce total cost of ownership.


Genesis G70 arrives in the Middle East

Updated 19 April 2018
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Genesis G70 arrives in the Middle East

Genesis has officially launched its compact G70 luxury sedan in Middle East markets, completing the brand’s core sedan lineup. Engineered as a dynamic car with strong appeal to younger customers and more enthusiastic drivers, the G70 joins the flagship G90 large sedan and mid-sized G80 and G80 Sport.

“Genesis has been very well received in the Middle East, and the Genesis G70 will be an exciting new chapter in our story,” said Altar Yilmaz, Genesis general manager for the Africa and Middle East region. “For many of our potential customers, this is the Genesis they have been waiting for.”

The arrival of the Genesis G70 in showrooms follows a previous display presentation at the Dubai International Motor Show in November 2017, where Genesis fielded a large number of inquiries about the car. With larger G80 and G90 models already growing a strong base of loyal customers, it is expected the compact model will add significantly to the brand’s appeal in the competitive Middle East luxury car market.

The G70 showcases the future direction of the Genesis brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design identity. 

“The G70’s interior is configured to prioritize an excellent user experience, with superb fit and finish throughout. The interior packaging reflects simplicity, with an emphasis on genuine functionality instead of gimmickry. A horizontal layout brings a sense of stability, with an intuitively laid-out switchgear and a comfortable, assertive sport steering wheel,” the carmaker said.

The G70 offers two powertrains in the Middle East region — a 3.3-liter V6 petrol turbo and 2.0-liter I4 petrol turbo.  The Lambda II 3.3-liter V6 turbo GDI engine is the heart of the enthusiast-focused G70 Sport, with 370 ps and maximum torque of 52.0 kg.m (510 N.m) 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 270 km/h.