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Saudi to pay two state firms $1.14bn for broadband rollout

Saudi to pay two state firms $1.14bn for broadband rollout

Fibre optic broadband will be rolled out to two million locations

Saudi Arabia will pay two state firms SAR4.26bn ($1.14bn) to roll out fibre optic broadband to two million locations, the companies said on Wednesday.

Saudi Telecom Co (STC) will be paid about SAR2.7bn in “financial support” as part of its agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the company said in a bourse statement.

That will be paid in installments and through financial and regulatory exemptions. The impact of the project on the company would be positive in the long term, STC said.

STC said in May it had signed an agreement with the government to connect 1.3 million housing units with fibre optic lines by the end of 2020.

Separately, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) said it would be paid SAR1.56bn to connect 744,500 locations by 2020.

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