STC and Google Saudi Arabia have entered into a digital partnership to launch the YouTube Invision service in the country. The Invision service is being offered for the first time in the Middle East.
The Invision service is expected to bring to Saudi homes a change in the concept of TV viewing offering the combined services of television viewing, call services and access to the internet.
Jameel bin Abdullah Al Molhem, CEO of STC Saudi Arabia, said that YouTube Invision is a new and unique service in the Middle East that allows customers subscribing to the Advanced Interactive Television Service (Invision) to view and search for videos on YouTube via the internet by using the television screen at home.
Abdurrahman Tarabzouni said that the YouTube Invision service will enable Invision customers to search for all the available video files on YouTube library while watching and downloading any type of video files that they require whether movies, television series, or any other drama titles for free, and at anytime.
Al Molhem said that the company plans to launch services such as e-learning and e-shopping in future.
Al Molhem said that STC transmits through its network more than 90% of the total internet traffic in Saudi Arabia. He said that the company is planning to invest in the fibre optics network which currently has about 50,000 homes connected to the internet via the fibre with projections to double by the end of 2011. This service is expected to provide the operator speeds ranging between 100-200 Mbps to reach up to 1 Gbps in the future.
Currently, the fibre network covers the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Jubail, and Al Ahsa.