Zain Saudi planning to launch fibre services

7 Nov 2016

Zain Saudi is considering introducing new services such as fibre-optic internet access in Saudi Arabia after securing a unified concession earlier this month, The National reports. Andrew White, Zain Saudi’s chief strategy and business development officer, said: ‘We are currently studying exactly what it makes sense for us to do,’ adding that the company does not plan to spend billions of riyals on new infrastructure when the kingdom already has several networks in place. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in mid-October Zain signed an open ended Letter of Intent (LoI) with Dawiyat Telecom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), which will allow Zain to leverage SEC’s 51,000km fibre-optic network. ‘There’s a great opportunity for us to selectively identify areas where there is a sensible demographic, economic capacity and demand for fibre coverage, and where others haven’t rolled out yet,’ the executive said.

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