STC continues to attend the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona http://www.stc.com.sa/wps/wcm/connect/english/stc/NewsItems/stc-attend-world-mobile-congress-barcelona STC participates in the Mobile World Congress 2019, which will be held on Monday, February 25th in Barcelona, Spain, with an integrated exhibition about the services related to the fifth generation, such as the Drones aircraft as well as the digital services and solutions in different domains such as IoT, AI and Cybersecurity. It is also participating in a special exhibition through "This is Saudi Arabia" platform, which is mainly concerned with the rediscovery of Saudi Arabia through a new perspective, highlighting tourist sites and national heritage in an innovative technical manner.

General Manager Corporate Communications at STC Mohammed Abaalkheil said that Saudi Telecom participates as a sponsor for the sixth time in a row in this global forum. It will sign number of important agreements to enable digital services with major international companies in telecommunications and information technology industry. He noted that the event is befitting the status of Saudi Telecom as a member of the Board of Directors of the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), The largest organization of operators and manufacturers of mobile communications in the world. The conference is the largest gathering of ICT professionals, experts, technicians and major manufacturers of smartphones worldwide. STC will present its services and digital solutions to demonstrate its role as a leading digital provider.

The conference is being organized by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), The world's largest conference on smart phone technology.

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Feb 24, 2019 12:00:00 AM Asia/Riyadh
STC Announced the Largest 5G Network in the Middle East http://www.stc.com.sa/wps/wcm/connect/english/stc/NewsItems/stc-announced-largest-5g-network-middle-east Following the launch of its first live 5G network in May 2018, STC has announced that it provided 450 locations with 5G network across the Kingdom as an initial phase, achieving the highest reach level in the MENA Region and one of the highest reach levels worldwide.

STC has also announced that it is working on completing the following phases of spreading the 5G services on a wider scale to ensure keeping up with the newest global technologies, improving digital services, and enriching the customer experience across the Kingdom.

Commenting on its early preparedness to introduce the network’s new generation although 5G devices are currently not available in the markets for customers, STC said in a statement that this reflects its continuous initiatives as a digital leader, meeting customers’ expectations of advanced services in ICT accelerating market. In addition, it stated that a larger number of advanced technical services and solutions operated in high Internet speed would be available to customers by the second half of 2019. It also praised the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Communications and Information Technology Commission for the support has been providing in this regards.

It is worth noting that STC launched its first 5G live network in last May for the first time in the MENA Region after the success of its 5G experiments and trials. On this occasion, STC stated that its pioneering position in launching modern information technology services reflects the advancement of the communications and information technology sector in the Kingdom, stressing that this advancement is part of the Kingdom’s digitization plans and NTP 2020 objectives.

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Feb 11, 2019 12:00:00 AM Asia/Riyadh
STC appointed Fay Al-Alshaikh as Product Portfolio Strategy GM http://www.stc.com.sa/wps/wcm/connect/english/stc/NewsItems/stc-appointed-fay-alalshaikh-gm STC announces the appointment of Fay Al-Alshaikh as Product Portfolio Strategy GM in EBU effective from 15/05/2019. The company confirmed that appointing Al-Alshaikh reflects its commitment to empower women in executive positions and to recruit Saudi Arabian qualified talents in field of CIT.
This follows several appointments in 2019 to empower women in executive positions such as general manager of ICT School in STC Academy Mudhi Al-Jamea, and manager of sustainability program Maha Al-Nuhait.
Before joining STC, Fay has worked as the Head of Enterprise at Apple in Saudi Arabia.She worked as well in other international brands like Cisco and Hewlett-Packard, and during her career she has held multiple leadership and advisory positions and is considered one of the Saudi experts in the Enterprise Business.

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May 16, 2019 12:00:00 AM Asia/Riyadh
STC & Philips to unlock telehealth’s potential to transform care in Kingdom http://www.stc.com.sa/wps/wcm/connect/english/stc/NewsItems/stc-philip-telehealth-potential Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, is partnering with STC, the largest telecom operator in the Middle East, to rollout telehealth solutions powered by Artifical Intelligence in a move that could transform the ability to diagnose and treat patients in remote and rural areas. The telehealth solutions provided by Philips allow hospitals and clinics anywhere in the country to be connected to command centers, through which doctors in other locations can treat patients remotely, providing better access to higher quality and more cost-effective care.
Eng. Riyadh Muawadh, Enterprise Senior VP at Saudi Telecom Co., commented: “We know that limited access to adequate ICT infrastructure is the biggest technological barrier to realizing telehealth solutions for disadvantaged and underserved communities. We have invested in our state of the art ICT infrastructure to help support the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which has digital transformation at its heart. Spanning all corners of the country, our network is a key piece of the jigsaw puzzle in providing better access, higher quality and more cost effective care to all residents of the Kingdom and helping healthcare professionals in all locations feel confident and empowered in their day to day working lives.”
With healthcare in Saudi Arabia free to all Saudi residents and expatriate workers in the public sector, national healthcare financing is under strain from rapid demographic changes, an increase in sedentary lifestyles, rising costs, increasing user expectations, and changing disease patterns. The cost efficiencies brought by telehealth solutions are therefore key, with the (ADD “Clinical”) command centre technology allowing one doctor to treat up to 150 patients a day. Electronic Intensive Care Units (eICUs) provide an additional layer of critical care service, with centralized co-located caregivers able to view interfaced physiologic data via workstations of 6-8 monitors and monitor patients anywhere in a hospital or across multiple hospitals to help detect critical issues and intervene before these advance. The monitoring of respiratory and sleep conditions is also made possible through services such as TeleRespiratory and TeleSleep.
Ozlem Fidanci, Philips Chief Executive Officer, Middle East and Turkey, added: “Access to care and quality of care is poorer in remote areas, and is compounded by the preference of many healthcare professionals to develop their careers in urban areas. A key challenge is attracting and retaining Saudi talent to the healthcare sector, in line with Vision 2030’s aim to add around 100,000 Saudi jobs. With access to technologies such as Artifical Intelligence and machine learning, telehealth enables healthcare facilities to better use their existing staff resources, supporting young doctors to make decisions and benchmarking the quality of care given against levels set by the world’s best healthcare providers.”
The combination of Artificial Intelligence and the data processing power of STC’s full range of cloud computing services means high volumes of patient data can be analysed in order to rapidly and accurately diagnose, treat and predict, remove human error, identify patterns and make real-time decisions. This can include analysis of patients’ vital signs to predict whether their status is set to deteriorate or improve, and whether they can be discharged in the next 24 hours or not, meaning length of hospital stay can potentially be shortened. It can also analyse history of illness to predict future patient outcomes.
Philips is a leader in centralized clinical command partnerships with health systems globally, and systems using Philips enterprise Telehealth solutions have recognized reductions in length of stay, mortality, as well as improved best practice quality alignment. As well as supporting job creation in the healthcare sector, the Philips and STC partnership will support Vision 2030 in its wider goals for improving the healthcare sector, with the Telehealth partnership supporting specific objectives such as the reduction of of wait times and infectious diseases, addressing chronic diseases and offering better training for doctors.

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May 08, 2019 12:00:00 AM Asia/Riyadh

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