Saudi Arabian fixed-line operator, Atheeb Telecom, has hired network vendor ZTE to deploy a fibre-optic network in key Saudi Arabian cities.
Riyadh will be the first city to benefit from the network, which will include fibre-to-the-home and fibre-to-the-business services.
Eng. Zaid Al Shabanat, CEO, Atheeb Telecom, said that the new network will be integrated with the operator’s WiMAX 802.16e network.
Atheeb Telecom, which operates under the brand name “Go”, will deploy fibre in Jeddah and Dammam in the second phase of the project, the company said in a statement.
The operator described its relationship with Chinese vendor ZTE as a “long term partnership”.
With a broadband penetration rate of about 12%, Saudi Arabia is widely viewed as holding significant potential for broadband operators.
The country's internet sector is expected to swell by some 4 million new internet users and 2.7 million new broadband users by 2014, according to a recent report from Delta Partners, a Dubai-based telecoms consulting and investment firm.