STC delivers FTTH to 51,000 homes in Riyadh

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha (2nd from right) during a field visit in Riyadh.
Updated 16 November 2017
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STC delivers FTTH to 51,000 homes in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Abdullah Al-Sawaha has appreciated the Saudi Telecom Company’s (STC) role in implementing the ministry’s plan to deploy broadband all over the Kingdom after the company delivered fiber to the home (FTTH) to 51,000 homes in Riyadh.
In a press statement issued after a field visit to view FTTH in North Riyadh, accompanied by STC Group CEO Khaled Biyari, Al-Sawaha said: “We thank the STC, our partners in the Broadband Initiative, which will cover 2 million homes across the Kingdom, in accordance with our National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 and in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030…”
Network VP Abdullah A. Alzmame briefed the minister about the progress of the project.
Al-Sawaha and Abdullah Al-Kanhal, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, also inspected the field works of the project and reviewed some of the excavation and extension works on a number of houses in Al-Yasmine neighborhood in Riyadh.
The STC group CEO thanked the minister for his effective role in supporting and following up the project. The STC has recently signed an agreement with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to implement the ministry’s plan to deploy high-speed broadband services across the Kingdom.


Bupa Arabia makes its mark at Hajj Hackathon

Updated 18 August 2018
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Bupa Arabia makes its mark at Hajj Hackathon

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance participated as the health care sponsor in the recently concluded Hajj Hackathon in Jeddah. 

The three-day event, which has been declared as the biggest hackathon in the world, was organized by the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) and gathered leading developers and programmers to enhance the experience of millions of pilgrims in the Kingdom. 

Bupa Arabia said its strategic partnership in this grand national event is of great significance. Hajj Hackathon brought together thousands of global talents from around the world with a clear objective in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The vision aims at the creation of a vibrant community that enjoys a healthier lifestyle, in addition to increasing the Kingdom’s capacity to welcome more pilgrims so that the holy city can accommodate 6 million Hajj and 30 million Umrah pilgrims by 2030.

Ali Sheneamar, chief business development officer at Bupa Arabia, said: “We are pleased to be part of the Hajj Hackathon in partnership with the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones. We are also keen to support the Kingdom’s drive to motivate Saudi Arabia’s young talents and enrich the Hajj experience using unique innovative solutions. As we look forward to this opportunity, we join hands with the government’s direction for a prosperous pilgrimage journey by setting the foundations for local potential who play a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s current winds of change.”

Bupa Arabia welcomed all participants during the event at its health lounge and ran health checkups involving several medical tests. These included diabetes and blood pressure tests, and diagnostic eye and dental examinations. The company’s staff members were on hand providing valuable guidance and advice on health, diet, and sports, among other topics.

Bupa Arabia also displayed its e-services and digital platforms during the event. Saudi Arabia’s first Hajj Hackathon became the largest ever and entered the Guinness Book of World Records. It brought together 3,000 developers from 50 countries handpicked from among 20,000 applicants.