Middle East’s 5th Social Media Summit launches in Dubai

The two-day summit will be attended by a number of journalists and media professionals.
Updated 04 December 2018
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Middle East’s 5th Social Media Summit launches in Dubai

The Middle East’s fifth Social Media Summit (SMS) in the business sector will be launched on Wednesday in Dubai.

The two-day summit will be highly versatile in terms of topics, speakers, and concomitant presentations. A key session will be held and moderated by Zaina Yazigi and journalist Sultan Qahtani.

This year’s summit has diverse topics that cover the media sector. Prominent media personality Abdulrahman Al-Rashed will talk about moving from the big screen to the small screen. The future of media institutions in the Arab world in light of the advancements in the media industry will also be discussed in a session moderated by journalist Ali Alyani.

The event will conclude with a segment of awards recognizing successful social media experiences within the commercial and marketing fields and distinguished initiatives implemented on social media platforms for nonprofit charity work.

This year’s summit comes under the strategic sponsorship of Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and the media strategic sponsorship of Al-Khaleejiah Advertising & Public Relation Co., the media concessionaire of the publications of the Saudi Research and Publishing Company, which publishes Asharq Al-Awsat, Arab News, Sayyidati, Sayyidati.net, Al-Eqtisadiah, and Arriyadiyah.

The event’s digital and media sponsors are Zee Alwan, along with the Z5 Weyyak mobile application. Al-Hurra TV channel will provide live coverage of the event and Al-Aan TV will report on the event.


STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

A man passes the Saudi Telecom STC office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 6, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 January 2019
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STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

Ookla, the company behind Speedtest for internet testing and analysis, has recognized Saudi Telecom Company (STC) as the “fastest mobile network” in Saudi Arabia. STC achieved a speed score of 29.99 Mbps, with an average download speed of 32.95 Mbps.
The award is an outcome of millions of tests actively initiated by customers across the network to check internet speeds using various applications, and web and mobile platforms.
The Speedtest awards for top providers are determined using a “Speed Score” that incorporates a measure of each provider’s network speeds (download and upload) to rank network speed performance. The STC network was determined as the fastest in the Kingdom.
The telecom giant plans to increase this speed dramatically in the next couple of years to provide “impressive speeds and incorporate future services with KPIs (key performance indicators) targeting higher data rates, very low latency, massive device connectivity, IoT and energy efficiency services.” To achieve this, STC is transforming its existing network, upgrading its 4G-LTE network and rolling out the 5G network.
Haithem Al-Faraj, senior vice president, tech and ops, STC, said: “Our mission has always been to enrich society by providing second-to-none experience with the network. We are continuously improving our network speeds and rolling out new network technologies and services. STC 4G network is transforming all the time to provide remarkably faster speeds.”
He added: “We are also commercially rolling out the 5G network to introduce innovative services to our deserving customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and across the region. This esteemed Ookla award is a true manifestation of STC efforts to continually improve the network and get the network ready for the digital era, and to meet the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
We are very proud of this award and look forward to many similar awards and successes in the near future.”
STC is playing a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as an enabler for digital transformation in the public and private sectors and in the development of telecommunications and ICT infrastructure.