KAUST, Nesma Holding open Thuwal Embroidery Center

The embroidery center in Thuwal was opened under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, deputy governor of Makkah region.
Updated 24 April 2019

KAUST, Nesma Holding open Thuwal Embroidery Center

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Nesma Holding celebrated the opening of an embroidery center in Thuwal under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, deputy governor of Makkah region.

The Thuwal Embroidery Center is the result of the strategic partnership and mutual collaboration between the two entities, which aims to create opportunities for women in the area.

“At KAUST, we are committed to giving back to Thuwal by enhancing the lives of the local community. We strive to contribute to creating job opportunities and empowering the women of Thuwal. The Thuwal Embroidery Center is a living example of how our strategic partnerships and social responsibility go hand in hand,” said Dr. Tony Chan, president of KAUST.

The project aims to serve and enhance the standard of living in Thuwal and the neighboring villages, as part of KAUST and Nesma Holding’s commitment to social responsibility.

“We’re delighted that the agreement signed by Nesma and KAUST has become a reality and that 50 women from Thuwal and neighboring villages can now reap the benefits of meaningful employment,” said Noura Saleh Alturki, vice president, Nesma Holding.

The center will be run by 50 female employees. They are specialists in sewing and embroidery, in addition to management, storage and logistics and will be able to develop their skills while being supported with transport, childcare and education assistance. The center will produce polo shirts, uniforms and custom-made designed embroidery for KAUST and other corporate and individual clients.

“One of the best ways to improve local economies is to empower people. The Thuwal Embroidery Center in a primary example of KAUST’s many efforts to support our neighbors and drive economic growth,” said Dr. Najah Al-Ashry, senior associate to the president of KAUST for strategic national advancement.


STC to phase out 3G to make way for 4G & 5G

Updated 25 May 2020

STC to phase out 3G to make way for 4G & 5G

In order to address their future needs and offer a higher quality of service to its customers, the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is phasing out its legacy 3G network, making way for more advanced technologies such as 4G and 5G.

Khaled Al-Dharrab, infrastructure VP, STC, said: “STC took a bold and daring decision to phase out its legacy 3G network in order to focus investment on more modern and advanced technologies such as 4G and 5G technologies. This will ensure that STC customers continue to enjoy the best possible experience with the network, as part of a comprehensive digital transformation journey.

“STC is a technology pioneer in the region and at a global level, and therefore, this move will cement its leadership status in the Kingdom and it will remain a dynamic role model for the operators in the region. The 4G and 5G technologies will provide an incentive for economic growth — at both the individual and enterprise level, supporting the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”

Al-Dharrab said the technological advancements made by STC will help in transforming the digital landscape of the country and will also confirm STC’s position as a “world-class digital leader providing innovative services and platforms to its customers and enabling digital transformation in the MENA region.”

The Saudi telecom giant has been at the forefront of technological innovation in the Kingdom. It has always invested in future technologies to ensure that it meets the growing needs of its customers. Over the last decade, wireless technology has changed dramatically and it has transformed the way people use telecom services and applications. Therefore, customers continue to demand faster speeds and increased data volumes, which resulted in a dramatic growth in data traffic.

Work on the “3G Sunset Program” has already started and is expected to be concluded in less than two years. These plans are helped by a declining number of customers still using 3G devices on the STC network. As part of this process, STC is committed to ensuring a smooth transition of all remaining 3G customers to 4G and 5G devices before the actual shutdown date in 2022.

The 3G freed spectrum will be reutilized for the new and more advanced technologies. STC has been directing investment in the 4G network over the last few years, delivering an enhanced 4G network, in terms of both coverage and quality. The company has the largest 4G customer base in the Kingdom.

STC also aims to become a pioneer in 5G technology. It has rolled out the 5G network in many parts of the Kingdom and will continue to expand its 5G footprint in the coming years. A number of 5G internet packages have been launched by the company, along with the introduction of compatible 5G devices (smartphones, routers, MiFi, etc.). The new and highly advanced 5G use cases are designed to benefit customers and industry verticals. The 5G service will offer the necessary high speed data, latency, security and reliability to support VoLTE voice services and cutting-edge “Industry 4.0” capabilities, incorporating advanced technologies such as AI, data analytics, IoT, and others.