MWC: STC and UL ink deal for first-of-its-kind testing facility in Saudi Arabia

Will be set up in Riyadh.
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STC's stand at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona.

STC and UL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a new testing facility in Saudi Arabia.

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) will be set up in Riyadh inside STC labs, and will offer testing for various products across the ‘Fibre to the Home’ (FTTH) ecosystem.

UL’s wire and cable division signed the MoU with STC at Mobile World Congress 2019in Barcelona. The collaboration is aimed at ensuring a robust network for telecom operators in Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries.

Steven A. Galan, director of UL’s Wire and Cable division, said: “We are collaborating with STC to provide our testing services locally here in Saudi Arabia with a view to shortening the turnaround time for submitting samples, testing and certification.”

Galan added: “Additionally, suppliers of telecommunications industry can conduct UL research testing at this facility to validate their product design during the product development stage, which will help enhance market competitiveness of the product.”

The first-of-its-kind testing facility in the Middle East and Africa will provide testing services for fibre optic cabiners, fibre optic cables, and other technologies.

The collaboration comes amid Saudi Arabia's plans to have the alrgest 5G network in the region.

Hamid Syed, vice president and general manager for UL in the Middle East, said: “[Saudi Arabia's] ICT sector is going through a rapid transformation as part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030, and will see a flurry of devices entering the market in the race to provide the necessary infrastructure.”

Syed added: “Through this testing facility, we will be able to support the kingdom’s digital transformation by ensuring only compliant products enter the marketplace.”

Bader A. Allhieb, vice president of operations at STC, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with a globally renowned industry leader such as UL, whose mission and expertise perfectly complement our goal to transform the telecom industry in KSA and the region.This collaboration will not only benefit STC and UL, but will also further support the growth of the telecom sector of Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.”

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