According to local news reports, Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has unveiled its new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, at a media event in Riyadh. The product line, which will be branded ‘Verve’, will offer download speeds of 40Mbps and 100Mbps, as well as a range of new Al Jazeera sports packages for its pre-existing IPTV service ‘InVision’. InVision was launched commercially in August 2010, in the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, and is expected to be made available on a nationwide level in the medium term. Although the precise reach of the FTTH network has not been divulged, Saad Bin Dhafer Al-Qahtani, vice president for residential sector services at STC, stated that the company aims to connect all newly-constructed neighbourhoods, houses and residential areas to the network in due course, whilst all other areas will be connected on a case-by-case basis.
Middle Eastern news agency Zawya quotes STC CEO Saud Al Daweesh as saying: ‘Verve is the first of its kind in the Kingdom and will revolutionise broadband services, opening up new opportunities for customers using the internet on a wider scale, including all broadband applications. These internet services are the best in terms of quality and efficiency and enable customers to experience real and safe internet functions including browsing, data transfer and uploading. Launching Verve is in line with the company’s keen interest in providing modern and integrated services, especially in broadband, which are geared towards meeting customer expectations and achieving a high standard of customer satisfaction’.