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The Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has recently inaugurated its newest digital operations control center, considered as the largest integrated operating center in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

CEO of stc group, Eng. Nasser bin Sulaiman Al-Nasser confirmed that the digital operations control center includes a system made out of advanced digital processes in several areas. This includes simulation, digital infrastructure management, digital crises management, and reinvention within a range of digital solutions.

Without a doubt, it is a comprehensive and complete technical space abiding by high-security standards. Al-Nasser also noted that this center would enhance the Kingdom’s position as a leading regional business center. Additionally, this would help in achieving the objectives of the second phase of stc's strategy "DARE" — digitize stc, accelerate performance, reinvent experience, and expand scale and scope. This strategy deals with digital transformation in various fields.

In detail, the center operates the biggest international gateways in MENA, which have a capacity of more than 8.4 terabits per second and are connected to more than 4 submarine cables. Overall, it combines the latest protection and distribution systems in the world. For the first time in the region, this will be utilized to generally secure the company's service system and the data transmission and voice circuits system for all customers.

In addition, the center also operates and monitors the largest and latest long-range correspondence networks in the region, which exceed 155,000 kilometers of fiber optics. These networks will certainly boost connectivity between the East and the West through the continental marine stations located in a number of coastal cities in the Arabian Gulf.

On the other hand, stc has also worked on developing a plan to deploy the 5G network in more than 47 cities throughout the Kingdom. As a matter of fact, the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has previously announced that stc has the highest mobile download speed on its 5G network — 342.35 Mbps — in the entire Saudi Arabia.

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