Japanese emperor’s birthday celebrated in Jeddah

From left, Kazue Miyamoto, wife of the Japanese consul general, Prince Abdullah bin Turki, Japanese Consul General Masayuki Miyamoto, Prince Bandar bin Abdullah and Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah at the event in Jeddah.
Updated 16 December 2018
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Japanese emperor’s birthday celebrated in Jeddah

The Consulate General of Japan in Jeddah held on Thursday a reception to celebrate the 85th birthday of Emperor Akihito, the 125th emperor of Japan, at the residence of Consul General Masayuki Miyamoto.
The reception was attended by Ambassador Sami bin Jameel Abdullah, director of protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Makkah region, in the presence of princes, consuls general accredited in Jeddah, Saudi businessmen and media figures, in addition to the Japanese community in the western region.
After playing the national anthems of the two countries, Consul General Miyamoto delivered a speech in which he welcomed the guests and stressed on the excellent relations between Japan and the Kingdom, based on mutual respect and appreciation.
He announced that this year would be the last year to mark the birthday of Akihito as emperor. He will abdicate next year and the crown prince will accede to the imperial throne.
He said that the Japanese city Osaka would host next year the G20 Summit. Both Japan and Saudi Arabia are active members of this group.
Miyamoto said that Saudi Arabia was among the 10 most important trading partners for Japan. Japan is the third top trading partner for the Kingdom and one of the largest investors with capital of about SR53 billion ($14.13 billion), including investments in Rabigh, Yanbu and Jeddah, and providing employment to about 7,000 Saudi citizens. The annual trade between the two countries exceeds SR100 billion in Saudi surplus.
He said that Japan worked strongly for more presence in both public and private sector projects of the Kingdom such as water, renewable energy, infrastructure and other projects.
Ambassador Sami and Consul General Miyamoto cut a cake to celebrate this occasion.


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.