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Cost-effective in Saudi Arabia

Through a partnership with Saudi Telecom Company (STC), BT announced it has made it easier and more cost effective for multinational companies in Saudi Arabia to connect to their international operations by launching a local Point of Presence (PoP) of its global Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network.

The new PoP will be operated by STC in conjunction with its national and regional MPLS network. BT's MPLS platform is available in more than 170 countries around the world through BT and local licensed partners such as STC.

As one of the largest global Internet Protocol (IP-based) networks, it underpins mission critical applications for leading global enterprises from a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, logistics, as well as oil and gas and pharmaceutical industry.

STC's MPLS network is based on the latest state-of-art technology and is extremely reliable and diverse. It is available to enterprises throughout the Kingdom as well as outside via its numerous PoPs in the Middle East region.

Engineer Saad Demyati, vice president of STC's Wholesale business unit, stated: "STC has a solid track record of successful cooperation with BT both in the Kingdom as well as across the region. We believe that STC's strengths within the Kingdom and the region and BT's premier global presence will make this a very exciting and complementary partnership for the overall benefit of our domestic and international customers."

Engineer Sameer Matbouly, vice president of STC's Enterprise Business Unit, stated "Today, STC's esteemed customers can take comfort in the fact that their data requirements are being fully addressed by leading telecommunications providers within the region and beyond. Our customers can rely on the high-quality managed services to all corners of the world on a very attractive cost-effective basis, second to none in the region."

Wael El Kabbany, managing director, BT Middle East and North Africa, says: "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest and one of the most vibrant ICT markets in the Middle East region and we are very excited of the business opportunities it offers."

"We believe this latest partnership will benefit not only companies in the Kingdom, but enterprises and operators across the whole region. We are proud of this co-operation with STC, a clear telecommunications leader within the region, and look forward to continue our fruitful collaboration."

Peter Ashton, general manager BT Al Saudia, said: "We are proud to be participating with both BT and STC in providing world-leading global services to customers in the Kingdom. The new partnership will provide customers with extended high-capacity, high quality connectivity to sites worldwide."