STC Invests SAR 1 Billion in Datacenters


Saudi Arabia’s incumbent telecom operator STC (Saudi Telecom Company) has announced the launch of three Mega Datacenters. The datacenters will be built in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Madina with SAR 1 billion investment.

These datacenters aim to host telecommunications equipment and digital cloud infrastructure. They will offer high bandwidth, enhanced performance, flexibility, and quick response time to the customers.

STC adopted Next Generation build technology through modular and prefabricated solutions, affirming business continuity, and service uptime. It also enables STC to optimize future expansions with Grow-On-Demand technology and Quick-To-Market solutions.

The press release that appeared on STC’s website says the three new Datacenters have been built with over 150 prefabricated modules (PFM’s), fully equipped with power, thermal management, and IT infrastructure, Providing 10.8 MW of critical IT power (white space ready) expandable to 16.8 MW. Phase 2 of the program already in construction will bring the total Critical IT Power to 40.8 MW.

Furthermore, the short-term future will see STC expanding its mission-critical white space to more than 105 MW of Datacenter IT power across the Kingdom utilizing the same highly resilient model. The new design of the Datacenters has received Tier III Certification for Design & Construction from the global authority “The Uptime Institute” and is fully compliant with local regulations.

These projects represent the first phase of its Next Generation Datacenters. Phase1 of this ambitious program is now complete, with new Data Centers in Jeddah and Madinah already online, and today sees STC’s 3rd new Datacenter being commissioned in Riyadh.

STC has embraced state-of-the-art design and construction techniques, which is set out to advance the Kingdom’s infrastructure architecture. STC’s vision is realized through the rapid deployment of multiple cutting-edge Data Centers specifically tailored to meet the ever-increasing requirements of this giant company. This exciting announcement comes as part of STC’s ongoing achievements to enable digital transformation within the Kingdom and further the country’s National Transformation Program 2020, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030.

Nasser Al-Nasser the STC CEO stated “Yesterday we announced $500 Million investment with Ali Baba Cloud and eWTP, and to today we announce investing about SAR 1 Billion in these 3 Datacenters. The successful completion and transformation of STC’s mission-critical offering will enable the next step in digital services to be delivered throughout the Kingdom. This first milestone achievement is only the beginning” Haithem M. Alfaraj the STC Senior VP of Technology and Operations stated “STC has reached a major milestone in providing next generation Data Centers, that will meet the current demands for digital infrastructure, with the flexibility to grow and mature with the digital evolution”

STC’s current network transformation and new Data Center program will fundamentally change the mission-critical hosting space within the region, improving the agility and speed-to-market of the new services being rolled out in support of the Kingdom’s National Transformation Program 2020, and the Kingdom’s 2030 vision. STC’s successful achievement in this program has exceeded all expectations, and STC has already started Phase 2 of the program that will deliver an additional 4 new Datacenters in strategic locations throughout the Kingdom.

STC’s major objective is to fundamentally transform the Kingdom’s network architecture, moving towards advanced digital software services, and provide resilience enhanced mission-critical white space to hosting customers and hyper-scalers. It also aspires to further improve operational efficiencies and scalability, reduce latency, and implement cloud services, artificial intelligence, and automation.

What is a Datacenter?

A Datacenter is a dedicated space within a building, or a group of buildings that provide protection to computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems.

Computer operations are crucial for business continuity and this includes redundant or backup components and infrastructure for power supply, data communication connections, environmental controls, and various security devices. A large datacenter is an industrial-scale operation using as much electricity as a small town.

Datacenter Standards

The TIA’s (Telecommunications Industry Association) Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers specifies the minimum requirements for telecommunications infrastructure of datacenters and computer rooms including single-tenant enterprise data centers and multi-tenant Internet hosting data centers.

Telcordia GR-3160, NEBS Requirements for Telecommunications Data Center Equipment and Spaces, provides guidelines for data center spaces within telecommunications networks, and environmental requirements for the equipment intended for installation in those spaces.

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