STC has infrastructure both on land and in the sea to help telecoms operators reach the destinations they need. It offers submarine capacity over four cable systems in the region: SMW-3, SMW-4, SAS-1 and FLAG, with landing stations in Jeddah. STC leases capacity based on short-term as well as long-term (IRU) contracts.
STC can also provide extension submarine capacity services based on agreements with other wholesale operators managing additional submarine cable systems around the world. As a subset, STC can provide interconnection to different submarine cable systems as a stand-alone service.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s position at the heart of the Middle East means that it is one of the most connected nations in the region. STC has relationships with a variety of cable systems meaning that it can offer capacity on thousands of kilometers of cable infrastructure around the world.
SAS-1 connects Jeddah to Sudan, with 4-fiber pairs and 32 transmission wavelengths. SMW-3 the longest system in the world with a total length of 39,000 Km. It spans 39 landing points in 33 countries.
SMW-4 spans 20,000 km connecting 14 countries from Eastern Asia to Western Europe. The system uses the latest state-of-the-art technology and is considered one of the most economical cable systems in the region.
In addition, STC has ownership in other regional and international submarine cables making it a hub for the region.