Royal Commission of Yanbu opens first Saudi ‘smart city’ project

The smart city was inaugurated by Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayyan, chairman of RCJY; Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, minister of communication and IT; Abdulaziz Salem Al-Rwais, CITC governor; Alaa Nassif, CEO of the Royal Commission of Yanbu; Ahmed Aboudoma, chief executive of Mobily; and other officials.
Updated 24 April 2017

Royal Commission of Yanbu opens first Saudi ‘smart city’ project

The Royal Commission of Yanbu, in collaboration with Bayanat Co, an Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) subsidiary, has inaugurated Saudi Arabia’s first smart city in Yanbu.
The smart city was opened in a ceremony at the head office of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) in Riyadh.
The Royal Commission of Yanbu executed the telecom network infrastructure in collaboration with Bayanat Co. This included building and operating unified telecom and IT network in Yanbu Industrial City, which is considered the first brick in achieving the Yanbu Industrial Smart City.
The accomplishment is the first step of productive collaboration between the Royal Commission and Bayanat.
The smart city was inaugurated by Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayyan, chairman of RCJY; Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, minister of communication and IT; Abdulaziz Salem Al-Rwais, CITC governor; Alaa Nassif, CEO of the Royal Commission of Yanbu; Ahmed Aboudoma, chief executive of Mobily; and a number of officials from the Royal Commission, Mobily, and Bayanat.
Royal Commission CEO Nassif said: “The Royal Commission’s vision for Yanbu Industrial City represents a qualitative transformation that complies with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 through enhancing the efficiency and capabilities of the information technology environment of the city to support initiatives and industrial and commercial projects in the Industrial City.
“Moreover, it aims to provide an attractive community environment to reside and secure high-income job and investment opportunities for residents and visitors,” he added.
The Royal Commission of Yanbu started strategic partnerships with international technology providers in the field of smart cities to develop and create more than 10 services in the city that will improve greatly the citizen experience and city operations by using new technologies like Internet of Things.
Ismail Alghamdi, Mobily chief business officer, said: “The inauguration confirms the leading role of Bayanat Co. in the telecom sector in Saudi Arabia, and reflects the company’s keenness to support added value economic projects, and smart cities projects which serve the Kingdom and are in line with 2030 Vision to develop the information technology infrastructure.”
More than 1,800 km of FTTH cables have been implemented inside the city to connect around 15,000 housing units and 55 industrial units. Additionally, 22,000 ports have been executed for the housing units and 480 ports for business units.


STC powers G20 Summit media center with 5G network

Updated 24 November 2020

STC powers G20 Summit media center with 5G network

As part of its partnership with the G20 Saudi Secretariat, STC Group, the digital enabler of the Kingdom’s agenda for the G20 Leaders’ Summit 2020, provided its 5G services to the media center responsible for covering the summit activities. In addition, the Saudi telecom operator supported all sites dedicated for hosting the summit’s virtual meetings, with technologies that enabled digital services throughout all the G20 Summit meetings held under the presidency of the Kingdom.

At the International Media Center, STC set up the “This is Saudi Arabia” platform. Among its aims was the rediscovery of Saudi Arabia through a new perspective, highlighting tourist sites and national heritage in a technologically innovative manner and providing media professionals covering the summit with information on the Kingdom’s touristic offerings.

Majid Al-Qasabi, minister of commerce and investment and acting minister of media, visited STC’s pavilion at the International Media Center, where he was briefed on the telecom giant’s role in supporting the facility and providing technical services to participating media professionals.

Dr. Fahd Al-Tunsi, secretary-general of the G20 Saudi Secretariat, said that he valued the significant role and efforts exerted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and its partner — the STC Group — during the Kingdom’s G20 presidency year, adding that such efforts have led to positive results for all stakeholders.  

The company provided more than 11 high-speed sites, covering all areas with wireless networks to serve the digital requirements of the virtual meetings and conferences. In addition, STC provided its logistic and technical services required to ensure the success of this event.   

STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser said: “As a digital enabler, we take pride in our cooperation with the G20 Saudi presidency at this important time for the Kingdom, and we look forward to providing all services to enable realizing the objectives of this cooperation during the Saudi G20 presidency year.”

He added that the success of the virtual summit in the Kingdom is “an incentive for us in the telecommunications and information technology sector to move forward in the digital transformation journey of the Kingdom.”

“We are proud of the achievements of our country, and we are keen to implement our strategy in supporting investment infrastructure, as well as offering all smart solutions and all capabilities to keep pace with the national requirements and new global developments,” Al-Nasser added.