STC CEO Al Biyari visits Huawei at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona


STC’s CEO, Dr. Khaled Ben Hussain El Biyari, visited Huawei booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where he met with Mr. Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Rotating CEO and other high company Directors. This visit comes as part of the ongoing collaboration between STC and Huawei in the field of telecommunications and data technology.

Recently Saudi Telecom Company (STC) announced that it has successfully demonstrated the latest 4.5G (LTE TDD+) Technologies with Huawei, achieving unprecedented network throughputs. This remarkable achievement will enable STC network to deliver the fastest LTE data rates in the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.

STC was able to achieve this success by using the most optimal spectrum currently available for the 4G-LTE Advanced networks.  As such, STC proves its ability to develop and upgrade the network to provide its customer with high, unprecedented speeds that will exceed 1.5 GB, making it the highest 4G-LTE speed in the Middle East.

STC embarked on its journey with the mobile fourth generation “4G-LTE” as soon as the service was launched worldwide. From day one, STC had as its utmost priority to offer the service using LTE technology.  STC always had a clear strategy and a specific vision towards 4G-LTE and associated services.  It built an innovative and integrated network, pioneering the way ahead for this network domain.

These impressive new achievements will enable STC to provide data services at unprecedented high speeds, providing the fastest internet service in the Middle East. At the same time, STC has been, and still, striving to provide pioneering solutions to meet the customers’ expectations and fulfill their needs. As such, STC commitments remain by addressing a dramatically increasing customer demand for data services and providing advanced high speed solutions for the internet, social media applications, Business services, etc.

With their headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Telecom Group is the largest in the Middle East and North Africa based on its market value as it generated over 50,836,000,000 billion riyals (13,556,000,000 dollars) in realizable revenue in 2015 and 9,334,000,000 billion riyals (2,489,000,000 dollars) as net income.

STC was established in 1998 and currently counts about 100,000,000 customers worldwide and to which they provide high-technology knowledge-based innovative solutions. It focuses on providing services to customers through a fiber-optic network that spans 137,000 kilometers across Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

In Saudi Arabia (the group’s main operation site) STC operates the largest modern mobile network in the Middle East as it covers more than 99% of the country’s populated areas in addition to providing 4G mobile broadband to more than 85% of the population across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Besides its main operation in Saudi Arabia, which it owns 100% of, STC’s investments include 100% ownership in Viva Bahrain, 51.8% shares in Viva Kuwait along with a management contract, 35% shares in Oger Telecom Limited in UAE and which controls Turk Telecom, Avea in Turkey, Cell-C in South Africa, 25% shares in Binariang GSM Holding in Malaysia which controls both Maxis in Malaysia and Aircel in India. In addition to the above-mentioned, STC has investments in information technology, content, distribution, contact centers and real estate, all of which support its telecom operations across the Middle East.