French systems provider Alcatel-Lucent has confirmed that it has been selected by Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the main telecoms carrier in Saudi Arabia, to expand its broadband access network. The project – which will leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 and GPON technologies – will enable STC to offer its customers improved download capabilities, IPTV applications and VoIP services, whilst expanding its network reach with enhanced aggregation and transport capabilities. To implement the rollout, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) platform. The French company will also provide a comprehensive range of professional services to STC, including network design, deployment, installation and full project management support.
Dr. Zeyad Al-Otaibi, STC’s vice president of networks commented: ‘As a major operator, STC is committed to providing its customers with the latest high-speed broadband services with the highest quality of service. We are confident that Alcatel-Lucent’s unique network expertise and the high technical competence of its local team will provide us with a superior – though cost-effective – upgrade of our broadband network, enabling us to continue to achieve this goal’. Alcatel-Lucent reports that its is currently involved in the implementation of over 100 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) projects worldwide, over 85 of which are based on a GPON platform.