STC teams up with Corning to supply fiber-to-home solutions

Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser
Updated 01 February 2018

STC teams up with Corning to supply fiber-to-home solutions

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) have announced that Corning will supply fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) optical solutions to STC, providing high-speed connectivity for its national network.
The arrangement builds on the existing strategic relationship between STC and Corning, which has already supplied more than 1.5 million kilometers of optical fiber to STC’s KSA network. The two companies will also develop a program to provide advanced technical training to STC fiber engineers and technicians.
Corning invented the first low-loss optical fiber in 1970, which helped launch the new age of optical communications and ultimately transformed the way the world creates, shares, and consumes data. Since that time, Corning has deployed more than 1 billion kilometers of optical fiber for networks across the globe.
Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser, STC’s chief operations officer, said: “STC is building the largest fiber network in the history of the Kingdom. I am delighted to see us develop such an initiative with Corning, which will help meeting STC’s strategic goals for digital services, and will align with the objectives of the National Transformation Program (NTP 2020) and Vision 2030. Corning is a pioneer in fiber-optic solutions and FTTH, and we are excited to build such an extended strategic relationship with one of the most progressive and internationally renowned companies.”
Clark Kinlin, executive vice president of Corning Optical Communications, said: “STC enjoys a strong reputation as an innovator in the Middle East. It established itself as a leader in advanced broadband technologies such as FTTH. Corning shares STC’s commitment and vision for innovation, and together we will leverage our engineering capabilities, experience and solutions to build the KSA national network to the highest possible standard. We are honored to make the investment necessary to extend our partnership with STC.”


Work progresses as planned on Makkah’s Masar project

Updated 08 July 2020

Work progresses as planned on Makkah’s Masar project

Umm Alqura for Development and Construction (UAQ) — the owner and developer of the Masar destination in Makkah — has confirmed that work is underway to complete the remainder of the infrastructure phase for the project.

It features King Abdul Aziz Road as its core component and is being brought to life under the slogan “Dedicated to Makkah.”

The company began the infrastructure work after completing the preliminary stage, which included the inventory and demolition of properties in the six unplanned neighborhoods of Al-Hafayer, Al-Hindawiyyah, Al-Tandabawy, Mansour Street, Jabal Ghurab, Al-Raseefa, and Al-Zahareen.

Before the work began, property treatment procedures were finalized with the owners of around 4,000 residences in these neighborhoods.

Yasser Abuateek, CEO of UAQ, noted that Masar would be a vital and distinguished addition to Makkah, as it aims to become a modern landmark and an advanced cultural destination.

“We are looking forward to cooperating with investors and companies in the destination, which will set new standards by establishing an integrated development structure and providing investment opportunities.

“Masar will play an active role in diversifying economic activity and promoting Makkah’s position as a modern developed city. In addition, it will contribute to fulfilling the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by increasing the number of pilgrims to 30 million by the year 2030.”

The infrastructure phase of Masar comprises several key elements, including pedestrian underpasses and service tunnels 3,650 meters long and 320 meters wide over an area of 1.25 million square meters.

This will be complemented by a rapid transit bus network and the  Makkah Metro as well as car parks and bridges, connecting the destination to the western entrance of Makkah. Seventy-one percent of the bridge work has been completed with construction progressing as planned.

Meanwhile, the pouring and building of concrete blocks for the Makkah Metro Tunnel is 99.8 percent completed. The construction of Makkah Metro Station A has been 96.99 percent completed, which includes lines A and B as well as the Abdullah Areef Road Tunnel.

The infrastructure work for Makkah Metro Line B near the King Abdullah Mosque has reached 85 percent, including construction on the Mansour Road Tunnel.

Abuateek stressed that the infrastructure features an underground utility gallery dedicated to electricity, communication, sewage, district cooling, and solid waste management system services. This is to ensure that the area is prepared for development.

UAQ has devoted attention to safety, sustainability, and the preservation of Makkah’s natural environment. The company has handled the destination’s environmental elements with professionalism, particularly groundwater.