Telecommunications and Space

The ITC and SOFRECOM partnership to deploy fiber network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Main achievements and ambitions 2 years after.

Sarah Benyoub - 05-nov.-2019 13:31:39

Press Release The ITC and SOFRECOM partnership to deploy fiber network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Main achievements and ambitions 2 years after.      November 5th, 2019- Almost two years after the announcement of their partnership to pilot the implementation and management of Outside Plant (OSP) across Saudi Arabia’s regions by 2020, the Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), leader in information and communication technologies in Saudi Arabia and Sofrecom, a subsidiary of the Orange Group, specialized in Consulting and engineering in the telecommunications sector, are proud to announce that they have connected more than 400,000 households to the FTTH network.   The partnership which started in 2017 between ITC and Sofrecom, leads to sharing the experience and technological expertise of the Orange Group in the FTTH network. The detailed design and supervision of this network rollout is handled by Sofrecom. The Design methods and tool optimization proposed by Sofrecom contribute remarkably to the productivity enhancement of ITC teams.    In addition, Sofrecom’s teams monitor the deployment and effective implementation of the network in accordance with ITC’s engineering rules and by ensuring its operation and sustainability.   This project will enable ITC to ensure optimal and sustainable network service quality. Customers will benefit from new services such as high definition television, video-on- demand and home entertainment through fiber architecture to the user (FTTx).   Ghassan Itani, ITC President & CEO, said;  This major project actively contributes to the program with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) for the deployment of the very high fixed flow in Saudi Arabia as part of the strategic plan «Saudi Vision 2030». Indeed, the Kingdom’s 2030 National Transformation Plan aims to deploy FTTH in 90% of densely populated cities and 66% in other urban zones.   «I am proud of the trust shown by the ITC group by holding Sofrecom to design, supervise and control the deployment of the FTTH network of the Kingdom. This major project will bring very high flows to the Kingdom’s households and businesses. Our teams are fully committed to the success of this major project”, added Guillaume Boudin, CEO of Sofrecom Group.   Sofrecom’s expertise on the Very High Broadband (VHB): Sofrecom has an End to End approach on VHB: from strategic planning, call of tender, start of production up to launch of new services. Its expertise comprises the complete lifecycle of the fiber optics deployment thanks to the high-quality studies to speed up and secure deployment, an industrialized process with customized tools and ultimately an investments optimization up to 15% of CAPEX and OPEX to maximize your return on investment. Sofrecom undertakes to support your FTTH projects thoroughly with its ongoing intelligence to identify innovations and solutions best suited to fiber projects thanks to its partners and its access the Orange group to test and upgrade Fiber project design and planning solutions.    About ITC  Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) is a leading Saudi based telecom provider and one of today’s fastest-growing telecom companies offering next-generation solutions for broadband, connectivity, cloud computing, managed services, satellite services and internet services for businesses, wholesale and consumers segments.   ITC works with a number of IT specialized partners to provide communication solutions which rank it at the forefront of the Information and Communications Technology Service (ICT) providers in Saudi Arabia that enhances its capability to provide the best services in the Kingdom.   For more information about ITC products and services, please visit ITC website at www.itc.sa, also you may follow us on twitter @itcsaudiarabia and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/integrated-telecom-company-itc-/     About Sofrecom Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, serves telecoms operators worldwide, drawing on its unrivaled expertise in prospective studies, business consulting, networks and IT.  Sofrecom contributes to the development and to the transformation projects of its clients: operators, governments and regulators. This is done by bringing to their clients required operational solutions and the experience of the Orange Group.   Thanks to the unique know-how of our 1750 consultants and experts, its customers benefit from a fine knowledge of the actual market and telecommunications stakes. Sofrecom has developed over almost 50 years its unique ingenuity in the operator businesses. As a result, it is now a world leader in information and communication technologies (ICT) as well as business consulting for the telecoms industry. Its experience of mature and emerging markets combined with its deep understanding of the structuring changes which affect the telecoms market, make it a valued partner for operators, governments and international investors.   For more information on internet or on your mobile: www.sofrecom.com/en, follow us on twitter: @sofrecom, on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/Sofrecom      


Orolia Awarded $34 Million Contract to Deliver Personnel Recovery Devices to the US Army

Rejula ARUNH - 20-juin-2018 10:48:52

Innovative Positioning Beacon Will Increase Soldier Survivability United Arab Emirates June 20, 2018 – Orolia , a world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, announced that its subsidiary McMurdo Inc. was awarded a $33,986,800 contract to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD) for the US Army. This PRD is a dual-mode, MIL-SPEC Personal Locator Beacon that will be integrated into the Army’s Personnel Recovery Support System (PRSS). The PRD will be capable of transmitting both open and secure signals (training-combat dual mode) to alert and notify that a soldier has become isolated, missing, detained or captured. This innovative positioning device will optimize a successful rescue operation for soldiers in a distress situation through secure enhanced capabilities. It has been designed to meet military standards and specifications, and has improved accuracy, decreased size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements. “We are extremely proud and honored to have been selected by the US Army as the provider of this critical positioning device for the safety of US warfighters. Easy to incorporate into Personnel Recovery operations, the PRD is based on Orolia’s new rugged and small PNT platform dedicated to Combat Search and Rescue (C-SAR) and other dismounted soldier Assured PNT applications. This award, which follows the 2016 contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to produce 16,000 FastFind 220 personal locator beacons, is a testimony to Orolia’s world leadership in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing,” said Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia. The Personnel Recovery Support System Personnel Recovery Device contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland on behalf of the Army Air Warrior Product Management Office at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama with an estimated completion date of March 6, 2022. About Orolia Orolia is a world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions that improve the reliability, performance and safety of critical, remote or high-risk operations. With expertise in government, maritime, aviation and enterprise applications, Orolia provides virtually fail-safe GPS/GNSS and PNT products and solutions for their customers’ most mission critical needs. Orolia’s European headquarters is in France, with a commercial presence in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.orolia.com Orolia US Press Contact: Elodie Cally – PR / Communications Director  +33 633857693 - elodie.cally@orolia.com  


ITC & SOFRECOM Signs a Partnership Agreement

Rejula ARUN - 05-mars-2018 06:32:32

Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), the leading Information and Communications Technology Company in Saudi Arabia and Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, signed an agreement to lead the Outside Plant (OSP) implementation and management in all regions of Saudi Arabia for the next 3.5 years and to provide planning, design and supervision expertise and knowledge transfer to ITC employees. Signing this agreement comes as a step toward ITC’s commitment to the agreed plan with Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) for rolling-out high-speed fiber optic broadband internet in Saudi Arabia. ITC is initiating site supervision for the development of the OSP infrastructure project that is in-line with the Saudi Vision 2030. Indeed, the National Transformation Plan 2020 aspires to spread the FTTH in 90% of the dense and urban areas by the year 2020. For that, ITC has announced a major expansion plan for its FTTH broadband network in various cities. The company is interested to acquire the services for site supervisions and project management for OSP implementation. Leveraging its deep expertise in broadband internet technology, Sofrecom, part of the Orange Group, will partner to help ITC in the Planning & Design of the new FTTx network as well to supervise the implementation supervision covering 640,000 Households. This Project will enable ITC to provide triple play services such as voice, high speed Internet and multimedia over IP, including high definition TV, video on demand and home entertainment via a Fiber to the User (FTTU) architecture. Ghassan Itani, ITC CEO, said: “This will help us empower the digital Saudi generation under Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020. ITC will continue its journey to develop the infrastructure in Fiber Broadband to urban and dense area across the kingdom.” “We aim to offer the best of our expertise to build a more connected world.” notes G Boudin, Group Sofrecom’s CEO. “Very High Broadband is key to support new digital services. This new agreement between ITC and Sofrecom demonstrates once again our reference position on VHB, and fulfills our aspiration to support the Digital Transformation of our customers.” About ITC Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) is a leading Saudi based telecom provider and one of today’s fastest-growing telecom companies offering next-generation solutions for broadband, connectivity, cloud computing, managed services, satellite services and internet services for businesses, wholesale and consumers segments. ITC works with a number of IT specialized partners to provide communication solutions which rank it at the forefront of the Information and Communications Technology Service (ICT) providers in Saudi Arabia that enhances its capability to provide the best services in the Kingdom. For more information about ITC products and services, please visit ITC website at www.itc.sa, also you may follow us on twitter @itcsaudiarabia and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/integrated-telecom-company-itc-/  About Sofrecom Sofrecom, an Orange Group subsidiary, serves telecoms operators worldwide, drawing on its unrivaled expertise in prospective studies, business consulting, networks and IT. Sofrecom contributes to the development and to the transformation projects of its clients: operators, governments and regulators. This is done by bringing them operational solutions and the experience of the Orange Group. Thanks to the unique know-how of our 1750 consultants and experts, its customers benefit from a fine knowledge of the actual market and telecommunications stakes. Sofrecom has developed over almost 50 years its unique ingenuity   in the operator businesses. As a result, it is now a world leader in information and communication technologies (ICT) as well as business consulting for the telecoms industry. Its experience of mature and emerging markets combined with its deep understanding of the structuring changes which affects the telecoms market, make it a valued partner for operators, governments and international investors. For more information on internet or on your mobile: www.sofrecom.com/en, follow us on twitter: @sofrecom, on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/Sofrecom    


AGH Consulting,A French Disrupter in the UAE Engineering Market Announces Growth Forecasts In 2017

Rejula ARUN - 02-oct.-2017 12:58:26

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – October 2nd, 2017: AGH Consulting Group, a well-established and powerful player in the latest generation telecom market and a leader of market studies and engineering works has announced a strong turnover growth for its operations in the UAE. These are the results of the company’s success since the formation of AGH’s Dubai branch in 2015, under the name of AGH Smart Consultancy Services, located in the International Media Production Zone (IMPZ). Relying on the powerful expertise of the parent company based in Paris, he Dubai branch embodies AGH knowhow in telecom engineering. Expert engineers at the Service Provider Center provide the entire gamut of studies and engineering to regional and international telecom operators and equipment providers, achieving a whopping 3,000 man-day production in Dubai this year. AGH Consulting, The Ideal Source Partner AGH Consulting Group is well known to telecom operators and equipment manufacturers. Across the years, the strong competencies of the Group have been demonstrated in pre-installation studies and engineering for FTTH type optic fiber networks. AGH is also a genuine GIS (Geographical Information System) lab and offers a large array of turnkey network design services to its most demanding clients. “Our success lies in our ability to scrutinize a telecom operator’s needs early on and prior to installation. That creates the amount of time required to analyze these needs, to consider FTTH architectures, to prepare SIG tools required by our clients or propose others, and assess deadlines and project size in advance. Light client applications follow and allow us to deliver our products wherever needed and around the world from our Dubai branch.” Cyril Contadi- ni, Director, AGH Smart Consultancy Services explained. Huawei, Orange, Vinci among   the   elite   clientele    of AGH  for    several   years “We are thrilled to tackle engineering experts in the UAE market, renowned for their knowhow and competitiveness. Two years after we have been on the ground in Dubai, we are proud to declare that our position is very competitive in terms of pricing. As we master our processes perfectly, we provide top-notch service to our clients. This is very motivating and a reassuring prospect for our Dubai branch.” Cyril Contadini added.   Diversity in Development AGH CG is a long-standing and renowned player in the telecom field, recently adding to its portfolio the construction and renewable energy fields, but remaining committed to its corporate goal: To be a strong challenger in field studies and in engineering works. The framework contract signed this year with Total Solar in the field of photovoltaic energy is further evidence that AGH CG is staunchly following its win-win policy. About   AGH  Consulting  Group:  AGH Consulting Group was born in 2005 in France. Today, with over 12 years of radio and fiber expertise, in addition to the extensive ability to provide collective installation processes, and a pricing policy suited for every market, AGH’s quality solutions are extremely competitive and a key driver for their continued success. – ENDS –   For more info, feel free to contact Business France: Miryem Oukas Messidi Head of Communications – Middle East +971 (0)55 478 32 15 miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr Business France in the United Arab Emirates Communications and press office Tel: +971 (0)4 408 49 69 - Fax : +971 (0)4 408 49 98 - +971 (0)55 478 3215 Business France is an executive agency of the French government – SIRET 451 93 O51 OOO52 – APE 8413 Z


Orolia Fortifies Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing Solutions with Innovative Satelles Satellite Time and Location Signal Technology

Rejula ARUN - 29-janv.-2017 12:39:16

Strategic Alliance includes product development, go-to-market activities of PNT solutions independent of GPS/GNSS satellite signals to Military, Defense, Government and Commercial customers worldwide United arab Emirates – January 29th ,2017 – Orolia, the global leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions, announced that it has formed a strategic alliance, including an equity investment, with Satelles, Inc. to develop, market and sell PNT solutions based on Satelles’ Satellite Time and Location (STL) signal technology.  STL is a unique space-based PNT technology that provides location and timing data independent from traditional GPS and other GNSS satellite signals. By using STL, Orolia’s proven Spectracom and McMurdo branded solutions will be less susceptible to vulnerabilities – spoofing, interference and jamming – associated with GPS/GNSS.   Many highly sensitive military, defense, government and commercial applications and operations including maritime/aviation navigation, fleet/asset tracking management, search and rescue and data center management require accurate and reliable PNT data. Today, these applications rely on signals from GPS/GNSS satellites. There are instances, however, where GPS/GNSS signal strength and security are not sufficient and prone to signal disruption. For these cases, STL can be used as a secure signal of opportunity to complement GPS/GNSS making the applications more accurate and secure and less prone to interference and attack.  “In today’s increasingly dynamic and mobile world, there is a growing need for precise and robust positioning, navigation and timing information especially in business-crucial, high-risk and life-saving operations,” said Dr. Jean-Yves Courtois, Orolia CEO. “By augmenting Orolia’s market-leading GPS/GNSS-based solutions with Satelles’ STL technology, we will have the industry’s first truly fail-safe, resilient PNT solution.  This breakthrough offering will be ideal for mission critical applications in which the smallest of discrepancies in PNT data accuracy, availability and stability can result in a network outage, a system crash or a loss of life.” Orolia - through its Sarbe and Kannad Aviation brands - provides equipment for big airline companies and various air forces in the Middle East, including fighter planes . In addition, Orolia supplies Time servers  (called Secure Sync) for Air Traffic control in order to synchronize the timing in displays in one of the biggest airports in the United Arab Emirates region.  In the world of Air Traffic Management (ATM) – with over 6000 planes and nearly 2 million people in the air at any given time – real-time, accurate and reliable positioning, navigation and timing solutions are vital to ATM operations. Thus, air traffic control systems rely on Orolia’s highly accurate, reliable PNT solutions to track and monitor airlines, aircraft and other airborne vessel Based on the Iridium® satellite constellation, STL signals are up to 1000 times stronger than GPS/GNSS which helps to prevent jamming and allows easier signal reach into buildings and other hard-to-reach locations. STL’s additional cryptographic security also ensures the highest levels of performance, productivity and security. “Satelles’ pioneering role in STL technology is a perfect fit with Orolia’s proven Resilient PNT strategy,” said Dr. Michael O’Connor, Satelles CEO. “We look forward to working together to introduce new products and solutions that will provide our customers with the utmost confidence that their positioning, navigation and timing data is accurate, secure and accessible.” For information on Orolia, please visit www.orolia.com. For information on Satelles, please visit www.satellesinc.com.  A press kit is also available at https://www.orolia.com/en/media-center/news/news-2016/1084-satelles-satellite-time-and-location-signal-technology.html About Orolia Orolia is the world leader in resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions that improve the reliability, performance and safety of customers’ critical, remote or high-risk operations. Through its leading Kannad, McMurdo, Sarbe, Spectracom and Spectratime brands, Orolia has more than 400 employees and sales presence in over 100 countries worldwide. Leading organizations including Airbus, NASA, Thales, and Raytheon rely on Orolia for fail-safe GNSS and PNT products and solutions for their mission critical needs. Founded in 2006, Orolia has a global presence with offices in China, France, Russia, Switzerland, the U.K., the U.S.A. and further plans to expand its global footprint in 2017. About Satelles Satelles has developed and deployed the world’s first real-time PNT service based on Low Earth Orbit satellites. Satellite Time and Location (STL) signals are highly secure, penetrate deep indoors, and are available anywhere on Earth. These features make the service perfect as an independent augmentation for GPS/GNSS and other location-based technologies. With offices in Redwood City, California, and Fairfax, Virginia, Satelles works in partnership with recognized industry leaders to deliver these secure time and location capabilities to government and commercial users worldwide, Orolia and Satelles Press Contacts: Elodie Cally Orolia Communications Director Email: elodie.cally@orolia.com Mobile: +33(0)6.33.85.76.93 Bart Ferrell Satelles Communications Director Email: bferrell@satellesinc.com Mobile: +1 618-920-9434 In the UAE: Miryem Oukas Messidi Buisiness France Regional Communications Manager Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15 Mail : miryem.oukasmessidi@businessfrance.fr


New app launched by Daxium in the Middle East Get feedback with Click&Smiles!

Rejula ARUN - 14-juin-2016 07:01:59

United Arab Emirates, 14 June 2016 - Daxium, a French world leader in business mobile solution just launched Click&Smiles app for the Middle East region: the easiest way to get customers’ feedback.  This solution is aimed at companies and organizations such as restaurants, hotels, stores & offices.  It allows any company to improve its business by taking into account their customer’s feedback. Dubai is expected to be the most competitive city in the Middle East and North Africa by 2025 (the Economist Intelligence Unit EIU). Businesses such as catering and food service sector achieves a significant growth in Dubai than in any other market in the world. Due to this strong competition, customer service is crucial in any business. To help companies measure their customer satisfaction efficiently, Daxium just released its whole new feedback app Click&Smiles. The app will then replace the paper surveys by a much more creative and fun way to collect customer’s answers. Aymeric de Guerre, Manager at Daxium Middle East stated: “We run businesses in a very competitive environment, customers have plenty of options and your competitors are always ready to steal your clients from you. This solution comes to the assistance of professionals seeking to adapt their offer to their customers as much as strengthen customer loyalty for their brands”. Through this launch, Daxium claims that in order to remain a strong competitor, you’ve got to keep your clients happy: customer feedback software can help you measure and improve satisfaction, identify unhappy customers and get valuable insight from them as to how you can improve your product or service. De Guerre added: “96% of unhappy customers don’t complain and 91% of them will simply choose to never do business with you again”. By using Click&Smiles, professionals are able to customize the application with their own questions, smileys or any icons and to adapt it to their business. It can be deployed in a store, on a counter or a stand. And then, they analyze the feedback thanks to the powerful reports received each week. The benefits of this solution:  easy to implement, no wire & internet needed and ready to use in 20 minutes. About Daxium: Daxium is a leading software company that develops innovative mobile solutions to improve business performance. Their online web-based custom form builder makes it simple to switch from paper to mobile forms on tablets and smartphones. Their customers use Daxium for checklists, surveys, inspections, audits, CRM, merchandising... Our goal is to develop their mobile employees’ productivity and to boost their sales. Daxium has seen revenues grow by 300% each year since 2013. They are now part of the Astrolabs community, the only Google Tech Hub in MENA. A great environment to expand their business. Reference: “Creativity is the heart of the French economic dynamism and innovation vitality; the 2016 gala dinner of the French Business Council Dubai was a great opportunity to enhance exposure and innovation capacity of Daxium and to launch officially the Click&Smiles in the Middle East. Our 1.000 guests really enjoyed to give their feedback on the event and it will help us to improve the guest experience in the future!” www.fbcdubai.com Daxium is now working with big groups such as: L’Oreal – Sephora – Alstom – Veolia – Chalhoub Group – Aswaaq For more info, please contact: Julie Wurtz Marketing Manager at Daxium Middle East +971 56 826 5276 julie@aedaxium.com http://clickandsmiles.com Ends-


Arkena Drives Future Broadcast Workflows

Rejula ARUN - 07-mars-2016 11:39:02

Cabsat 2016, Booth ZE3-33 On stand ZE3-33 at this year’s Cabsat, Arkena, a market leader in content management and OTT solutions, will showcase its cutting-edge end-to-end OTT solutions. Deliver your live or on-demand content to new audiences with Arkena OTT Featuring a modular set of turnkey components, Arkena OTT allows content owners, telecom operators and broadcasters to efficiently deliver and monetize their content to their subscribers on any connected device. Arkena OTT supports any business model, whether it is Live, catchup, TVoD, EST or SVoD. Centered around OTT Service Manager, the company’s open and cloud-based video distribution platform, Arkena OTT is an end-to-end solution covering the entire preparation and delivery chain. On the back-office side, an intuitive interface facilitates content ingest, cataloguing, metadata handling, editing, subtitling, rights management, encoding, security encryption as well as commercial offers management and billing. On the front-end side, subscribers experience a user-friendly interface allowing them to browse and bookmark content, view videos on any of their device and easily subscribe to offers through simple payment methods. About Arkena Boasting over 20 years of experience, Arkena is one of Europe’s leading media services companies in the media industry. With a presence in eight European countries and in the U.S, Arkena helps more than 1500 customers, including broadcasters, telecom operators, VOD platforms, content owners and corporations, in managing their linear and on-demand workflows. Arkena provides the know-how, the experience and the expertise that enables them to distribute their content everywhere, regardless of scale and complexity. Arkena is part of the TDF Group. www.arkena.com Press contact Ysabelle Cochemé Arkena Email: ysabelle.cocheme@arkena.com Tel: +33 (0)1 58 68 62 96    


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