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).