As the biggest operator in the Middle East, STC has developed IPTV and mobile broadband services in recent years, rapidly expanding the growth of its metro network services in Saudi Arabia.
Against this backdrop, STC is now facing an urgent demand to construct “ultra-bandwidth” metro networks, the company said.
Utilising Huawei’s metro WDM products, STC will be the first operator in the Middle East to leverage PID (Photonic Integrated Device) technology to save on both space and power usage of its network operations.
“The PID technology helps us construct advanced metro WDM networks, provide multi-granularity services quickly and easily, and serve our customers more agilely,” said Eng. Khaled I. Al-Dharrab, transport network director at STC.
Due to its simple design and structure, PID technology makes it easier to deploy and maintain next-generation metro WDM networks. The technology simplifies the WDM architecture by integrating multiple key photonic components of the WDM system – such as lasers, modulators, detectors, multiplexers and demultiplexers – into a 5cm PID chip.
Compared to a traditional WDM network, a PID-enabled WDM network can save up to 50% of space and power and 90% of the fiber connection, according to Huawei.
“Bringing new technologies to market within the Kingdom, we look forward to working with STC on this endeavor as a means for developing more efficient, environmentally-friendly ICT systems,” said Mr. Wu Weitao, GM of Huawei in KSA.