STC to widen its data center portfolio with $270mn investment

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Saudi Arabia-based digital group Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is launching three mega data centers in Riyadh, Jeddah and Madinah with an investment value of $270 million.

With the initiation of the centers, STC plans to host telecommunications equipment and digital cloud infrastructure ensuring higher availability, flexibility and faster time to the customer. The company has relied on next-generation building technologies by using modular and prefabricated solutions, securing business continuity and service uptime.

The center allows STC to enhance its future expansion plans in line with the growing demand for technology and quick-to-market solutions. It further targets to give a great level of availability and high speed for digital solutions to customers, the company stated.

These projects are the first phase of the new era of STC data centers, completed by employing the solutions of next-generation. The second phase will include four additional centers in strategic locations across the Kingdom providing the total critical IT power to 40.8 MW.

The three new data centers have been built with over 150 prefabricated modules, giving 10.8 MW of critical IT power expandable to 16.8 MW and the short-term future will see STC broadening its mission-critical white space to more than 105 MW of data center IT power across the Kingdom utilizing the same model.

STC Group had earlier announced its partnership deal with eWTP Arabia Capital Investment Fund and Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence arm of the Alibaba Group, as part of which it will be investing about $500 million in cloud services over the next five years.


Saudi Telecom Company, headquartered in Riyadh was founded in 1998. The group offers telecommunications services, landline, mobile, Internet services, enterprise digital solutions, entertainment, fintech and computer networks across the MENA region.