Corning supplies FTTH infrastructure to STC
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has chosen Corning’s optical solutions for the expansion of its national network for high-speed connectivity and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) applications.
The agreement builds on the existing relationship between the two parties, which has seen more than 1.5 million kilometres of optical fibre supplied across the provider’s network. The companies are additionally collaborating to develop a program of advanced technical training to STC fibre engineers and technicians.
Chief operations officer at STC, Nasser Sulaiman Al Nasser said of the partnership: ‘STC is building the largest fibre network in the history of the kingdom. I am delighted to see us strike such an initiative with Corning, which will help meeting STC’s strategic goals for digital Services, and will align with the objectives of the National Transformation Program (NTP 2020) and Vision 2030.’
Clark Kinlin, executive vice president of Corning Optical Communications, added: ‘STC enjoys a strong reputation as an innovator in the Middle East. It established itself as a leader in advanced broadband technologies such as FTTH. Corning shares STC’s commitment and vision for innovation, and together, we will leverage our engineering capabilities, experience and solutions to build the KSA national network to the highest possible standard.’
Corning further expanded its global marketing reach at the end of 2017 with the acquisition of 3M’s communication markets division (see 3M offloads communications division to Corning for $900M).