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STC teams up with Corning to supply fiber-to-home solutions

February 28, 2018

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) have announced that Corning will supply fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) optical solutions to STC, providing high-speed connectivity for its national network.

The arrangement builds on the existing strategic relationship between STC and Corning, which has already supplied more than 1.5 million kilometers of optical fiber to STC’s KSA network. The two companies will also develop a program to provide advanced technical training to STC fiber engineers and technicians.

Corning invented the first low-loss optical fiber in 1970, which helped launch the new age of optical communications and ultimately transformed the way the world creates, shares, and consumes data. Since that time, Corning has deployed more than 1 billion kilometers of optical fiber for networks across the globe.

Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser, STC’s chief operations officer, said: “STC is building the largest fiber network in the history of the Kingdom. I am delighted to see us develop such an initiative with Corning, which will help meeting STC’s strategic goals for digital services, and will align with the objectives of the National Transformation Program (NTP 2020) and Vision 2030. Corning is a pioneer in fiber-optic solutions and FTTH, and we are excited to build such an extended strategic relationship with one of the most progressive and internationally renowned companies.”

Clark Kinlin, executive vice president of Corning Optical Communications, said: “STC enjoys a strong reputation as an innovator in the Middle East. It established itself as a leader in advanced broadband technologies such as FTTH. Corning shares STC’s commitment and vision for innovation, and together we will leverage our engineering capabilities, experience and solutions to build the KSA national network to the highest possible standard. We are honored to make the investment necessary to extend our partnership with STC.”