Saudi Arabia’s Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) has confirmed that work on its SAR4 billion (USD1.1 billion) fibre-optic network will start in February. The contract, which was agreed in July 2010, will see Korean Middle East Engineering Co. (KOMEE) expand ITC’s fibre-optic coverage by 10,000km. The rollout, which is expected to take four years to complete, will be implemented in four phases. The first phase of the project will take place in capital city Riyadh, and involve the installation of around 550km worth of additional infrastructure. It is hoped that the first phase of the project will be completed within six months. The new rollout is designed to complement the operator’s existing fibre network, which was recently extended to 16,000km.