Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is deploying a next-generation network (NGN) based on Ciena’s converged packet-optical platforms.
This network solution maximises the potential of STC’s existing global submarine and terrestrial investments by enabling flexible, high-capacity wholesale and enterprise Carrier Ethernet and OTN for Internet connectivity, datacentre interconnect and high-bandwidth cloud services.
STC, based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is the incumbent and the largest telecommunications services provider in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Its international presence spreads across nine countries and includes an international data network that extends to Europe and Asia.
Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solution ensures survivability even in the case of multiple network outages or submarine fibre cuts, with restoration within 50 milliseconds. As a result, STC can offer applicably vehement service level agreements (SLAs) tailored to its wholesale and enterprise customer requirements. GeoMesh also allows STC customers to take advantage of faster speeds, reduced latency and scalability for seamless global connectivity solutions.
“The deployment of NGN solutions like Ciena’s packet-optical and GeoMesh solutions…give STC the scalability and speed of services deployment, in tandem with lowering operating costs and supporting STC’s fierce evolution toward NGN capabilities”, said Dr. Homoud Al Kussayer, Vice President for Wholesale at STC.