Allied Telesis to outfit Saudi Arabia’s national converged IP/Ethernet network

Strategic partnership will optimize the value of the Saudi government's anticipated multi-billion telecom investments over the next four years.

Allied Telesis, a provider of secure IP/Ethernet networks and a specialist in the deployment of converged triple-play networks, announced that it has forged a strategic new partnership with Trans Telecoms, in a move to support Saudi Arabia’s rapidly developing telecommunications industry. Trans Telecoms will act as lead system integrator of Allied Telesis IP/Ethernet network solutions within the country's telecommunications, healthcare, education and construction industries and will specialise in offering high reliability network solutions tailored to the needs of the Saudi Arabian and Gulf markets. The alliance also supports the government’s move to adopt and implement green technologies, complementing the country’s commitment to protect the global environment and promote conservation of biodiversity.

The partnership follows recent government announcements that the country’s ICT sector is set to attract more than SAR 50 billion worth of investments by 2015. The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Economy and Planning reports that investments in boosting and developing the sector had reached SAR 22.3 billion in 2009. Spurred by the potential growth of the country’s telecommunications segment, the agreement between the two companies will initially cover Saudi Arabia with the possibility of developing specialized services for other countries across the region in the long term. Under the terms of the partnership, Allied Telesis will provide Trans Telecoms with key training, financial, marketing and logistical support to implement its broad range of solutions across various Fixed and Mobile Telecom providers, ISP’s, enterprises and government entities.

“Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications segment is currently showing great potential following the government’s move to invest heavily in improving infrastructure to bring affordable internet connectivity to everyone," said Saeed al Srari, Chief Executive Officer, Trans Telecoms. "Trans Telecoms’ new partnership with Allied Telesis gives it the ability of installing and managing truly world-class network solutions for businesses and telecommunications service providers in Saudi Arabia. The two businesses will work closely to provide high-specification telecom solutions using their combined technical expertise, well developed knowledge of the local market and sheer professionalism."

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The Allied Telesis network solutions portfolio includes media gateways that allow voice, video and data services to be delivered to the home and business. The company’s high-end chassis-based platforms will provide network operators and service providers with significant infrastructure advantages such as fully integrated green energy features and advanced redundancy to increase network reliability and up-time. Trans Telecom also expects that its alliance with Allied Telesis will help Saudi Arabia telecom operators address the ‘Last Mile’ challenge by offering well-proven alternatives to the more traditional network suppliers.

“This strategic alliance with Trans Telecoms creates a new supplier of significant capacity and technical resource. It will open key opportunities for both companies and help Allied Telesis mark a stronger market presence in Saudi Arabia,” said Francesco Stramezzi, EMENA Director at Allied Telesis. “The partnership comes at a strategically important time, the country’s telecommunications industry is expected to grow rapidly and I expect Allied Telesis’ 25 year global track record to be well regarded in this informed market. Aligning ourselves with knowledgeable and respected partners, like Trans Telecoms, demonstrates our commitment to deliver more effective end-to-end network solutions to Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications-based businesses.”

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