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Bayanat, a subsidiary of Etihad Etisalat, has signed wholesale agreements to serve Yanbu in Saudi Arabia through an open access network
An open access network is a horizontally-layered network architecture in telecommunications, where the owner doesn’t supply the network but retail providers do.
For Yanbu, three retail service providers – FTTH Mobily, Sahara Net and Shabakah Net – will provide network connections. They will primarily cater to Yanbu’s residential and industrial areas. Nearly 1,500 housing units in Yanbu Industrial City will be benefited by the network.
Through such an initiative, Yanbu Industrial City could become a ‘smart’ city, said Alaa Bin Abdullah Nassif, CEO of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu. To further these efforts, a 3,000 km-long fibre optic network as well as two data centres will also be established. They will provide secure host services to a variety of businesses in the vicinity.
Bayanat, which is considered a strategic partner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the implementation of smart cities, has already completed the rollout of network infrastructure. This is based on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) model that can enable retail service providers to provide enhanced services in the Yanbu area.