STC launches commercial 5G services in Saudi Arabia

STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser.
Updated 23 June 2019

STC launches commercial 5G services in Saudi Arabia

STC Group has officially launched commercial 5G services in Saudi Arabia, becoming the Kingdom’s first telecom operator to provide this service across a number of cities in the country.

STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser said the launch of 5G services confirms the telecom operator’s leading position as a pioneer in the field of digital transformation and is a testament to the remarkable development of the ICT sector in the Kingdom. 

Viva Kuwait, one of the group’s subsidiaries, recently became the first operator in Kuwait to launch the commercial 5G services. Another subsidiary, Viva Bahrain, is all set to launch the same service soon.

Al-Nasser said STC has developed the infrastructure of wireless networks in the Kingdom, extended their range, provided the latest global technologies and accelerated the deployment of 5G networks, which provide the foundation for a range of innovative future applications, including the provision of high-speed mobile internet all over the Kingdom. 

At present, 5G networks in their first phase are available in select areas in a number of major cities by using home routers.

“This launch is a confirmation of STC’s commitment toward providing pioneering innovative technologies and services to its customers all over the Kingdom and the region as 5G technology aims to improve the speed and performance of wireless networks,” STC said.

“This development will not only enhance the efficiency of communication between humans and phones or computers, it will also inspire much sophisticated uses, such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and robotics.”

In May 2018, STC Group, in the presence of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif launched its first live 5G network — a first in the MENA region — after completing the testing and trial phase.


Saudia Private Aviation best luxury jet service in KSA

Updated 10 August 2020

Saudia Private Aviation best luxury jet service in KSA

Saudia Private Aviation (SPA), a leader in the region’s air transportation sector, has been named this year’s winner of Luxury Lifestyle Awards in the category of “Best Luxury Private Jet Service in Saudi Arabia.”

The burgeoning segment of business jet operations in the Middle East has gone through significant positive changes during the past few years. Evolving customer demands are driving the development of high-standard aircraft and improvement in customer service.

“We are honored to be recognized by the respected Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts. This is an important indication that the development strategy we have chosen, allows us to meet the challenges of the growing market and the high demands for private aviation,” said Osama Alahdal, general manager commercial affairs, SPA.

SPA was founded in 2009 as the private division of Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier and one of the most popular commercial airlines worldwide, Saudi Arabian Airlines. It is a top-tier international luxury flight services and ground-handling provider headquartered in Jeddah. Its more than 75 years of experience in air transportation on a global scale allows the company to guarantee the highest levels of services in the field of air travel.

SPA has the largest private aviation terminal (FBO) in Saudi Arabia, located in Jeddah, in addition to lounges in the major cities of the Kingdom — Riyadh, Dammam and Madinah. It will also be present in the upcoming luxury real estate megaproject, NEOM.

The company’s discerning clientele includes members of the royal family, VIPs, executives, wealthy individuals, celebrities, and business leaders from around the world.

“Each client of Saudia Private Aviation can rest assured that they will be provided with the highest standards of unrivaled privacy, meticulous attention to detail, flawless luxury, and safety. All services are tailored to exceed the esteemed customers’ expectations,” a statement said.

The SPA experience begins the moment a client chooses their destination, as the SPA team thrives to assure every client a safe, punctual, and exclusive experience. The integrated services offered by SPA include ground handling, aircraft charter, aircraft management and private aviation consultancy. The company also configures the cabin according to the client’s needs. SPA’s fleet comprises aircraft with a capacity of up to 400 passengers.

“By setting new standards in private aviation, aircraft charter services, logistical support, and flight support services, SPA is making a significant contribution to the realization of Saudi Vision 2030,” the statement said.

Luxury Lifestyle Awards select, recognize, celebrate and promote the best luxury goods and services all over the world.