Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the country’s leading cellco in terms of subscribers, has awarded contracts to equipment vendors Huawei of China and Finland-based Comptel, it has been confirmed. Huawei has won a four-year managed services contract, under which the company will provide maintenance and network performance management services for STC’s wireless, microwave and core networks. For its part, Comptel has announced that STC has chosen its ‘Comptel Catalog’ platform to be ‘a key part of its future-ready fulfilment architecture’. The deal, which includes ‘licences, services and consulting’, will enable STC to have greater flexibility in service creation and eliminate service delivery bottlenecks. According to Comptel, its platform enables combined service providers (CSPs) to build and adapt marketable products quickly from established service components, by minimising errors and improving the customer experience.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, STC acquired Saudi iDEN operator Public Telephone Company in end-October 2013, effectively reducing the number of mobile service providers in the country to three. The company dominated the Saudi mobile market with 28.6 million subscribers at end-September 2013, corresponding to a 48.0% share of the market, ahead of rivals Mobily (Etihad Etisalat) and Zain Saudi with 22.8 million and 8.0 million users, respectively.