UL, STC to set up center of excellence in Riyadh

UL’s wire and cable division signed the MoU with STC at the world’s largest wireless industry event, Mobile World Congress 2019 held in Barcelona.
Updated 11 March 2019

UL, STC to set up center of excellence in Riyadh

UL and Saudi Telecom Company (STC) have announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a testing facility in Saudi Arabia.

The center of excellence (CoE) will be set up in Riyadh inside STC labs and will offer testing for various products across the “fiber to the home” (FTTH) ecosystem.

UL’s wire and cable division signed the MoU with STC at the world’s largest wireless industry event, Mobile World Congress 2019 held in Barcelona. The collaboration is aimed at ensuring a robust network for telecom operators in Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries.

UL recognizes the increasing need for Saudi Arabia’s wire and cable industry to accelerate the “time to market” for products and to meet the challenges of the growing complexity of global technological and business environment. 

With the support from UL’s engineering expertise, this new facility in Saudi Arabia will help all critical stakeholders along the global supply chain to design, manufacture, specify and procure compliant products in the marketplace.

Steven A. Galan, director of UL’s wire and cable division, said: “We are collaborating with STC to provide our testing services locally here in Saudi Arabia with a view to shortening the turnaround time for submitting samples, testing and certification.

“Additionally, suppliers of the telecommunications industry can conduct UL research testing at this facility to validate their product design during the product development stage, which will help enhance market competitiveness of the product.” 

Hamid Syed, vice president and general manager for UL in the Middle East, said: “Through this testing facility, we will be able to support the Kingdom’s digital transformation by ensuring only compliant products enter the marketplace.”

Bader A. Allhieb, vice president of operations at STC, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with a globally renowned industry leader such as UL, whose mission and expertise perfectly complement our goal to transform the telecom industry in the Kingdom and the region.

“This collaboration will not only benefit STC and UL but would also further support the growth of telecom sector of Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.”


Saudi Agriculture Exhibition 2019 opens this week

Saudi Agriculture 2019 will have nine country pavilions and more than 380 exhibitors representing 34 countries.
Updated 20 October 2019

Saudi Agriculture Exhibition 2019 opens this week

Riyadh Exhibitions Company (REC) will organize the 38th edition of the Saudi Agriculture Exhibition 2019 under the patronage of Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, minister of environment, water and agriculture.
The event will run from Oct. 21 to 24th at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
Fakieh Poultry Farms is the diamond sponsor, while Saudi Organic Farming Association (SOFA) and Saudi Aquaculture Society are partners of the exhibition.
Saudi Agriculture 2019 will have nine country pavilions and more than 380 exhibitors representing 34 countries.
Mohammad Al Al-Sheikh, head of marketing at REC, said: “Saudi Agriculture 2019 is a comprehensive trade fair that will feature the latest technological advancements, machinery and practices in the field of agriculture.”
He added: “This year, we expect the participation of hundreds of international and local companies in the exhibition, in addition to thousands of attendees and visitors of various nationalities.”
The theme of this year’s edition is “Agricultural Innovation for a Better Life.”
“Saudi Agriculture Exhibition 2019 aims, with the support of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture, to promote the development of the Kingdom’s agricultural sector and achieve compliance to international benchmarks,” said Al-Sheikh.