1,128% increase in traffic due to remote work: STC

STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser
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Updated 01 April 2020

1,128% increase in traffic due to remote work: STC

Saudi Arabia holds a leading position globally in terms of communications infrastructure in general, and digital communications in particular, according to STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser.
He said in three years, the Kingdom has gone from being No. 105 to being No. 10 globally at the end of 2019 in terms of Internet speed, adding that STC’s Internet speed has multiplied seven times over the past three years.
Al-Nasser praised the government’s efforts and the leadership’s support over the years in granting the required frequencies and benefits and deploying fiber optics, creating an advanced infrastructure for 4G and 5G services.
He said that all telecommunications companies in the Kingdom are making the country proud by being worthy competitors working hand-in-hand to provide digital services with the highest speeds to the health care sector and for distance education and home entertainment.
Al-Nasser said that over the past few days, STC has witnessed unprecedented traffic on its networks from many companies that are working remotely. There has been a 1,128 percent growth in traffic for this purpose, a 30 to 40 percent increase in data traffic, a 300 percent growth for online gaming platforms, 1,000 percent for education, 200 percent for health care, 132 percent for TV content, 177 percent increase in the use of health care platforms, 73 percent growth in using social media applications and a 70 percent increase in using education and health applications.
More than 3 million houses across the Kingdom have been provided with a network spread across all governorates and serving the housing, health care and education sectors. Al-Nasser also pointed to the 50 percent discount offered by STC for fiber optics services in order to reduce the cost to the users during this extraordinary period.
Commenting on the steps taken by the telecom operator to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Al-Nasser said that STC has incurred the suspension fees for all SMEs wishing to suspend their services until the end of April in wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.


Al-Dabbagh Group Ranked sixth on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Great Place to Work List

Updated 04 June 2020

Al-Dabbagh Group Ranked sixth on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Great Place to Work List

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Al-Dabbagh Holding Group, founded in 1962, has been ranked sixth in the Saudi Arabian private sector's best working environments for the year 2020. The ranking is compiled by Great Place to Work, a leading global organization that evaluates work environments across more than 60 countries.
This achievement comes in recognition of Al-Dabbagh Group's efforts toward creating and fostering a positive working environment for all. Employees participated in a questionnaire on work-place satisfaction, and the company policies were also subject to an external review, both of which contributed to the resulting ranking.
Al-Dabbagh Group’s Head of Human Resources, Hayfa Abu-Zabibah has said that "this achievement is the result of the Group's unique culture, derived from the philosophy of Omnipreneurship, which embraces comprehensive leadership and is made up of three principles (Giving, Earning and Sustaining) five values (integrity, passion, respect, forward-thinking, teamwork) and ten golden rules. The principles, values and golden rules provide the framework that govern the Group’s ecosystem and culture.”
Hayfa added that receiving this award will only increase the Group’s motivation to further promote this ecosystem and continue efforts toward becoming a better place to work.