Huawei to modernise the SNFN for Mobily, ITC

12 Oct 2020

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) and Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) have signed an agreement with Huawei for a modernisation of the Saudi National Fiber Network (SNFN). Trade Arabia writes that the SNFN upgrade project will contribute to the end-to-end network transformation and agile automation strategy outlined by Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 project by building the first 5G and B2B-driven, ultra broadband optical backbone network in the Middle East. The new solution provided by Huawei will offer what the trio claims is ‘the first end-to-end Ultra C band 120-channel platform in the region’, with each channel carrying capacity from 200Gbps/400Gbps and above.

TeleGeography notes that in February 2006 Mobily, Bayanat Al-Oula (a subsidiary of Mobily which has since been absorbed by its parent) and ITC entered into a partnership to build and operate a shared national fibre-optic backbone network – the SNFN – and in June 2006 the three signed a USD270 million deal with the Saudi arm of electronics and systems group Thales to roll out a total of 12,600km of fibre-optic cable in seven rings across the country, to support high speed fixed and mobile data services and minimise their reliance on incumbent Saudi Telecom Company (stc).

Saudi Arabia, Huawei Technologies, Mobily (Etihad Etisalat), Salam (ITC)