ABU DHABI, 24th February, 2016 (WAM) — U.S-based Juniper Networks, JNPR, an industry leader in network innovation, today announced that Saudi Telecom Company, STC, the largest telecommunications company by market capitalisation, total revenue and number of employees in the Arab world, has for the first time in the region deployed Juniper Networks PTX5000 Series Packet Transport Routers to expand its fixed and mobile Internet backbone.

The new backbone will enable STC to handle services and functions that can scale seamlessly in order to keep pace with growing customer demand. The expansion project is designed to provide ultra-high speed Internet access to 3G/4G and fixed subscribers in many locations throughout the Middle East.

In addition to the PTX Series, the project also includes Juniper’s SDN-ready MX2020 3D Universal Edge Router, the industry’s highest throughput edge router.

This choice of systems was especially valuable to STC, as the company was able to easily integrate the new equipment running on Juniper Networks’ Junos operating system without disruption to existing network operations.

The new multi-terabit per second magnitudes will meet the fast-rising demand for high-speed Internet connectivity.

Nasser Al Nasser, Senior Vice President for Technology and Operations at Saudi Telecom said that this was an impressive leap forward in network capacity and performance to meet customer expectations.

Adrian Pickering, Vice President, Middle East and Africa at Juniper Networks, said that STC had moved quickly to accommodate the constant increase in Internet traffic and continues to enhance its business through innovation.