Cisco has been appointed to provide advanced managed services to operate the Saudi National Fiber Network (SNFN).
The company has been awarded a three-year deal to provide smart managed services that will ensure the quality of network performance, reduce operational expenditure and enable the SNFN consortium to offer new services to end users.
The consortium, which is made up of Mobily (Etihad Etisalat Company), the Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), and Bayanat Al Oula, selected Cisco to provide advanced managed services solution to reduce OPEX by at least 25% and improve overall network quality.
Amjad Al-Ashqar - vice president Operations, ITC, commented: "Since its inception, the SNFN network has created great value to our corporate and carrier customers. Our collaboration with Cisco is another important milestone for the Consortium's continued development to further enhance the overall network performance along with operational agility toward our goal of always exceeding our customer' expectations with highest service quality."
Under the deal, Cisco will provide a 24/7 Network Operations Center (NOC) and also manage the end-to-end network ISP/OSP through offering full managed services ranging from fault management, change and configuration management to optimization and performance management leveraging Cisco's capabilities in services automation thereby allowing the Consortium to focus on business top and bottom lines driven through robust and innovative GTM, user experience, customer retention and acquisition.
Cisco Managed Services will also give the Consortium a leading edge, without adding new resources or risk. The solutions will enable it to implement business-enabling technologies and capabilities such as collaboration, video, BYOD, cloud, and virtualization.
The SNFN was established as a joint collaboration to provide a high quality fibre optic network for Saudi Arabia, with access to all major cities and coverage of 99% of the population. The network, covers more than 13,800km across more than 35 major cities across the Kingdom and delivers up to 40/100Gbps and Ethernet services. The network has also been expanded to connect neighboring countries, like Yemen, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan.
Paolo Campoli, Global Service Provider Business Leader and Service Provider Sales CTO, Cisco, Middle East & Africa said: "We are honoured that the consortium has chosen to work with Cisco to operate managed services for the SNFN network. The demand for managed services globally is growing as companies strive to streamline their OPEX, as well as become digitized, in order to fully embrace the Internet of Everything era. By leveraging Cisco managed network services, the SNFN Consortium will maximize its offering, as well as reach new market segments."