Saudi Arabia’s incumbent broadband service provider Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has expanded its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to connect over 600,000 new households, the Saudi Gazette reports. According to a press release on the operator’s website, the fibre-optic network, which reached a total length of 6,000km in 2012, will also provide STC’s subscribers with download transmission speeds of up to 125Mbps.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, STC started the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in August 2010 – a first for the Kingdom – offering internet speeds of up to 100Mbps in many parts of the country. FTTH products were introduced in February 2011 and were marketed under the ‘Verve’ brand. At launch the FTTH service was available in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, with plans to expand coverage to most of the Kingdom’s cities by end-2014.