Etihad Atheeb ends STC monopoly; launches WiMAX

8 Jun 2009

Etihad Atheeb has launched broadband services in two of Saudi Arabia’s largest cities, ending Saudi Telecom Company’s (STC) monopoly over fixed line services in the country. The company deployed networks in the Saudi capital Riyadh and the city of Jeddah. Etihad Atheeb has also launched a nationwide WiMAX network in partnership with Motorola. The network, branded ‘GO’, has been deployed using Motorola’s WAP 800 access point solution and will provide voice and high speed data connections to customers and internet service providers (ISP) nationwide. Dr Ahmed Abbas Sindi, CEO of Etihad Atheeb said, ‘Atheeb’s GO service is designed to offer businesses and consumers an opportunity to experience a nationwide broadband network that offers higher speeds, lower costs and greater connectivity.’ Etihad Atheeb plans to invest USD1 billion over five years in its fixed line operations, targeting government and industrial hubs as well as regions not covered by STC.