Saudi Telecom Company

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Saudi Telecom Company
الاتصالات السعودية-(STC)
Saudi Joint Stock Company (Tadawul7010)
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1998; 18 years ago (1998)
Headquarters Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Key people
Dr. Khaled Hussain Biyari (CEO)[1]
Products Fixed line and mobile, Internet services, IPTV
Revenue $12.2 billion (2014)[2]
$3.09 billion (2014)[2]
$2.9 billion (2014)[2]
Number of employees
50 thousand employees

Saudi Telecom Company, (STC; STC Group; STC International) (Arabic: شركة الاتصالات السعودية‎‎) is a Saudi Arabia-based telecommunications company that offers landline, mobile, internet services and Computer network.

In Kuwait and Bahrain it is named VIVA.


Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, STC Group is the largest telecommunications company in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) based on market capitalization, generating over SAR 45.83 billion (USD 12.22 billion) in revenues in 2014 and SAR 0 (USD 2.92 billion) net income.[citation needed]

Launched in 1998, STC has a fiber-optic cable network spanning 137,000 kilometers across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. STC in Saudi Arabia, the group’s core business, runs a mobile network, covering more than 99% of the country’s populated areas and enables 4th generation (4G) mobile broadband services to more than 85% of the population across Saudi Arabia.[citation needed]

Besides STC’s main operation in Saudi Arabia with a 100% ownership, STC’s footprint as a telecom operator covers Viva Bahrain with a 100% ownership, Viva Kuwait with a 51.8% ownership alongside a management contract, a 35% stake in Oger Telecom Ltd. UAE which controls all of Turk Telecom, Avea in Turkey and Cell-C in South Africa, a 25% ownership in Binariang GSM Holding Malaysia which controls both Maxis in Malaysia and Aircel in India. Additionally, STC has investments in IT, Content, Distribution, Contact Center, and Real Estate, all of which support its telecom operations across the Middle East.


STC services are divided into three broad categories: Jawal Al Amani Al Aaliyah (mobile network), Home (landline network), and Enterprise services.[3]


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