stc To Continue Data Centre Project Across The Region


Saudi Arabia’s leading digital company stc is continuing its data centre project Phase 3, which will be the biggest project of data centre construction across the region after the completion of Phases 1 and 2.

The new phase of constructing its next-generation cloud-enabled data centres, accelerating the implementation of the Kingdom’s digital transformation objectives and sustainability goals, will provide seamless data distribution with energy optimisation solutions.

Designed and built to excel in capacity, functionality, operational integrity and efficiency, the investment signifies stc’s leadership role in digital transformation across the MENA region.

stc is now implementing Phase 3 of its new ERA Data Centre Construction Program, with Phase 1 completed in 2019 and Phase 2 in the final commissioning stage. The Tier III enhanced Data Centres is a planned IT Computing power at maximum capacity of 125 MW, with an allocated landscape area of more than 180,000 sqm. It is part of stc’s broader ambition to provide best in class digital and telecommunication services across the Kingdom.

stc data centres program consists of 16 data centres that include 17,000 racks which will be incorporating eight parallel projects distributed across multiple zones within six cities, making this the biggest program of data centre construction at one time, across the region. The program will create critical digital availability zones that will provide a full range of services together with world-class security and service management as well as safety measures of asset’s, across key cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam.

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stc is building new data centres that incorporate a modular smart design, fully hyperscaler compliant and deliver highly resilient infrastructure availability. The connectivity technologies are used to assure resilient and smooth traffic flow between different facilities and maintain business continuity. The data centres are part of stc’s overall strategy to provide enhanced digital and telecommunication services across all major cities in the Kingdom. The construction program for six sites is now underway, with Phase 3 expected to be completed in 12 months.

Haithem Alfaraj, stc Chief Technology Officer, said:  “We have big plans for our data centres to become a gateway for the MENA infrastructure. stc is now established to be the leading data platform in the region and supporting the demand for international connectivity. We aim not only to build new data centres but also expand our existing ones to ensure stc is fully equipped to meet the future growing demands of our customers.”

“stc is geared up to grow-on-demand with its unique data centre solution, by easily replicating a standardised design, that could exceed 300 MW of our current computing power capacity by reacting quickly to the market,” added Alfaraj.