Motoring extravaganza SIMS 2018 begins in Jeddah

Hassan Dahlan, secretary general of JCCI, at the Jeddah Traffic Department’s counter at the Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS) 2018.
Updated 18 December 2018
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Motoring extravaganza SIMS 2018 begins in Jeddah

The Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS) 2018 opened its doors on Sunday at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center. The annual event, in its 40th year, will continue until Thursday.

The show was inaugurated by Hassan Dahlan, secretary general of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), in the presence of Hadi Al-Harith, CEO of Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE).

The five-day motoring extravaganza, spanning 10,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, will witness the rollout of the automotive industry’s newest models, from the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, and China, and including the latest SUVs and 4x4s, industry-changing electric cars and everything in between.

“In addition to shining the spotlight on the latest and most efficient automobiles and industry-shaping technology, the 2018 Saudi International Motor Show offers an inimitable experience for the whole family, with a plethora of captivating activities and interactions throughout the five days including stunt driving, drifting motorsport events, an off-road experience, and retail areas,” a press release said.

The show will see brand exhibitors showcase 100 automotive vehicles, including eight cars revealed for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at the inauguration, Dahlan talked about the “great success” achieved by the motor show in the past 40 years.

ACE CEO Al-Harith said: “SIMS is the oldest and biggest auto show in the region, and the 2018 edition will ensure that it maintains that position. There is a huge demand in the Saudi market for an international motor show and we look forward to delivering a unique experience.”

He added: “As Saudi Arabia’s premier automotive event, the Saudi International Motor Show is the only place car fans, young and old, will get up close to some of the latest glamorous cars set to be hitting roads around the world in the near future.”

The Jeddah Traffic Department is also participating in the show, with the aim to spread its message to both male and female drivers. Officials from the department will spread awareness about traffic laws and regulations, the importance of following them and the consequences of violations.

The show opens daily from 4 p.m. until 11 a.m.

Saudi Arabia is currently the largest importer of vehicles and auto parts in the Middle East, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all vehicle sales in the region. New car sales are slated to rise by 8-9 percent annually, crossing the 1 million mark by 2020.

Presently, the light commercial vehicle segment is the most dominant, accounting for majority of the overall commercial vehicles sold in Saudi Arabia, followed by medium-heavy commercial vehicles and buses.


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.