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|21 October, 2018

Cisco to help redesign Saudi Telecom Company network

The new architecture buildout is based on Cisco’s flagship service provider routing platforms and automation software

Image used for illustrative purpose. The logo of Cisco is seen at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 27, 2017.

Image used for illustrative purpose. The logo of Cisco is seen at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 27, 2017.

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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Cisco have announced plans to collaborate on STC’s network architecture transformation. STC is embarking on a mass-scale networking and automation project to support new capabilities and future innovations including the evolution of enterprise services, enhanced broadband and IoT, as well as the demands of multi-cloud environments.

The new architecture buildout is based on Cisco’s flagship service provider routing platforms and automation software. Cisco will provide a highly efficient abstraction layer between network services and the underlying infrastructure components in STC’s complex, heterogeneous environment. This will help enable STC reduce service activation time, improve capital and operational efficiency and deploy new revenue-generating services at a speed only automation can enable.

“We are evolving our infrastructure and building a path to self-healing autonomous networking that can transform business outcomes and dramatically improve existing operating models,” said Haithem Mohammed Alfaraj, senior vice president of technology and operations, STC . “Working closely with a world leader like Cisco will help ensure our network is the first in the region to benefit from the latest innovations in networking hardware and software development.”

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“Cisco has a long history and a strategic commitment to STC and the prosperity of Saudi Arabia. This is exemplified by our multi-faceted Country Digitization Acceleration program that supports the development of the national digital infrastructure and a sustainable innovation ecosystem,” said Ali Amer, managing director, global service provider sales, Cisco Middle East and Africa.

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