Hard Patched Transit services give operators in the countries that neighbor the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia connectivity via stc's cross-border terrestrial network. Transport is provided on stc’s advanced fiber self-healing ring network, which are designed with the latest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency spanning more than 80,000 km nationwide. This service allows for the provision of transmission capacity for data to neighboring operators and international carriers through stc's domestic backhaul network as well as allowing international carriers to interconnect with stc’s undersea cable landing stations in Jeddah. stc’s terrestrial network is connected internationally through seven border connections, two satellite stations and landing stations in Jeddah with access to major submarine cables.

Features and benefits:

• stc offers scalable and cost-efficient capacity services to operators in its neighboring countries. By working with stc, telecoms operators can avoid costly investments in infrastructure and allow its operator partners to focus on delivering services in their core markets. This also relieves operators of the operational burden of international network connectivity while offering scalable services and “pay-as-you-grow” pricing models. stc has the capacity in place to make an immediate difference in an operator’s business making it easy for its partners to scale their networks internationally.