Saudi Arabian broadband operator Etihad Atheeb Telecom, which operates under the ‘GO Telecom’ brand name, has confirmed that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese equipment manufacturer ZTE Corporation to deploy a Metro Fibre Ring in capital city Riyadh. The second phase of the project will see the fibre-optic rollout extended to Jeddah and Dammam. The rollout will reportedly encompass both fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) access. GO has indicated that it hopes that the deal will help it to establish a long-term partnership with ZTE Corporation. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database GO’s existing broadband network is network is based on mobile WiMAX (802.16e) standards, and is designed to provide kingdom-wide high capacity coverage.
Zaid Al Shabanat, CEO of GO Telecom, commented: ‘We are pleased to sign this Memorandum of Understanding, which represents a new step towards building the most advanced telecommunications network in the kingdom. The new fibre-optic network integrates with our 4G wireless communications technology, WiMAX 802.16e, to provide GO Telecom with products and services that meet the needs of various government, business and home sectors, both for broadband internet and voice services, and opens up more opportunities to provide other value-added services (VAS)’.