stc enables sustainable development through building roads 1 million meter in length in KSA regions and governorates
Since its establishment in 1998, stc contributes to enabling national development, developing our dear country and providing modern and reliable telecommunication services. In addition, its leading position as the leader of telecommunication sector in the Kingdom and the region forced it to assume the honor of contributing to the realization of Vision 2030 and work in line with digital transformation plans and targets of NTP2020 to develop digital economy through the development of infrastructure to achieve the desired digital government and digital economy and spread telecommunication umbrella to cover all KSA regions and governorates.
The amazing results achieved by stc in its ambitious development march, which is one of the major tributaries feeding different development sectors in the Kingdom, reflect its great interest in the population of this dear country. The total length of the roads stc built during its construction of mobile towers in all the urban and rural regions and governorates of the Kingdom amount to one million LM, while the area of these roads reach 2.8 million m2. This is done through excavating, levelling and grading all the roads leading to mobile tower construction sites, to facilitate the access of equipment and conduct periodic maintenance of the sites, all under different geographic conditions of the terrain, which may be mountainous, valleys, deserts ... etc, using highly competent HR, to adapt with all surrounding circumstances. When expanding and spreading its towers, the Company sets several conditions, based on field surveys and desktop studies and in view of the feasibility studies it conducts to sites, which are prioritized according to the needs. In addition, 194 mobile tower construction projects were implemented in all the regions and governorates of the Kingdom, since 2001. In its development and national quest, stc managed to launch the first live locations for stc 5G network, after completing its pilots, for the first time in MENA.
The importance of these towers lies in providing telecommunication and internet services in a wide geographic range that makes people’s life and their communication easier, as well as in delivering different development programs, such as health, education ... etc., to remote and hard areas, which are heavily inhabited by the people the Company tries to empower through these leading projects to be useful and effective members in their communities. Also, these projects have great importance, being the alternative of landline services. either due to the remoteness of these areas or their difficult geography, as well as the high cost and dangerous nature of excavations and extending lines and the low number of their population, which makes it of little or no benefit to justify the effort and cost they take.
Through its keenness on covering all the territory of the Kingdom with its modern and sophisticated network, the Company implements several network projects in 51 governorates with a population of about 2.4 million. According to the agreement recently signed with the Comprehensive Service Fund supervised by CITC to implement Phase 3 of investment motivation initiative in spreading telecommunication and wireless broadband services in rural and desert areas in a number of KSA regions, being one of the most important initiatives to achieving the objective of developing digital economy in partnership with the private sector to expedite the spreading of telecommunication and wireless high-speed broadband (10+ MiB) to cover 70% of the houses in remote villages and desert areas by 2020.
In implementing telecommunication projects in remote and desert areas, the work team faces many challenges and obstacles, such as working in border areas under difficult security circumstances, in torrent and flood areas or on tops of mountains, which required excavating and cutting roads inside these mountains and transporting equipment manually. In addition, some areas are located on islands, which require transporting equipment by ships in the Arabian Gulf or the Red Sea.
These ambitious works and development achievements are the source of stc pride, being a strategic tributary of different sectors in the country and its people, to enable national development plans, contribute to enhancing sustainable development in our dear country ,help the development of the telecommunication sector and provide latest technologies to ensure a modern infrastructure that contribute to the success of Vision 2030.