STC and Mobily to push on with fibre rollouts

8 May 2012

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s two largest telcos, Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), have both announced plans to expand the reach of their fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks. STC says it is hoping to pass 500,000 homes by the end of this year and to have reached two million by end-2013, Arabian Business reports. Meanwhile, Mobily subsidiary Bayanat al-Oula is planning to have reached 800,000 homes and businesses by 2016, according to Arab News. Saudi Arabia was home to 1.95 million broadband internet subscribers at the end of 2011, though it is thought that only around 1% of these were using FTTH connections.