STC discusses paving the way for digital revolution in MENA, in the latest editions of Business Chief MEA

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|Dec 13|magazine4 min read

(Norwich, UK, 13/12/2019)

Technology transformation has been the driving force behind Saudi Telecom Company’s (STC) vision of being a world-class regional digital leader, according to Chief Technology Officer, Haithem M. Alfaraj. Speaking in the latest editions of Business Chief MEA and Gigabit magazines, Alfaraj outlines how the organisation is seeking to use technology to enrich people’s lives and enable a digital revolution. 

The company is already a well seasoned pioneer of new technologies. For example, it has pioneered the use of 5G, becoming the first operator to launch live 5G network in in May 2018 and, in June of 2019, it launched 5G services commercially. “We focused on developing a strong technology strategy that would advance our capabilities and enable our business to be successful – we knew we always had to be at the advanced stages of development when it comes to technologies covering infrastructure, platforms, cloud, applications, AI and Big Data to maintain our leading position in MENA’s digital revolution. At the same time, we worked on our operating model to ensure it was both agile and collaborative,” Alfaraj explains.

He tells the publications that technology, and particularly developments such as IoT and cloud, have allowed STC to deliver on the four key pillars of its strategy: digitise, accelerate, reinvent customer experiences, and expand aggressively. On the wider transformation of the MENA region, Alfaraj explains that the company is a strong proponent of the plans outlined in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 programme, which includes objectives around digitalisation and extending high speed internet access to all citizens.

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