Press Release

STC, the Middle Eas' Largest Telecom Provider, Orders EMC’S New Symmetrix V-Max System

HOPKINTON, Mass - April 16, 2009

HOPKINTON, Mass, April 16, 2009 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is one of the first companies worldwide to order an EMC® Symmetrix V-Max™ system to form the foundation of its virtual datacenter.

STC, the largest telecommunication provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, began using EMC’s technologies in 2002 to manage approximately 70 terabytes of information.STC has since grown its entire information infrastructure to more than two petabytes.To address its continuous data growth from the increasing subscriber base and broader services offered, STC relies on a variety of IT technologies provided by well-known vendors and EMC comes as main provider for STC to store, protect, archive and optimize its customer data efficiently.Additionally, EMC also provides STC with a high-end business continuity and information management solutions for reliable and continuous access to its data and applications to maintain the highest level of services while significantly reducing cost and increasing the company’s return on investment.

"With subscriber numbers on the increase and a healthy demand for new telecoms services in the Kingdom, STC has to ensure the availability, reliability, efficiency, scalability and security of their infrastructure," said Saud Al Daweesh, STC’s CEO."Over the past seven years, EMC solutions have provided us with reliable and cost-effective access to customer information, which is critical to STC's continued success."

STC continues to be a pioneer in information infrastructure technology adoption.The new EMC Virtual Matrix Architecture™ integrates industry-standard components with unique Symmetrix system technologies and capabilities to deliver massive scalability hundreds of thousands of terabytes of storage, tens of millions of IOPs (input/output per-second) supporting hundreds of thousands of VMware and other virtual machines in a single federated storage system.This system also incorporates self management to automate storage functions, enables resources to be added on demand and uses less energy per terabyte of data stored than traditional systems.

STC covers an area of two million square kilometers, providing coverage to more than 100,000 kilometers of highways and 98% of inhabitant areas across Saudi Arabia (population of Saudi Arabia 26 million) and has a larger customer base than any other provider in the Middle East, more than 18 million GSM, four million land line and one million DSL customers. To date, STC has won telecom licenses in Kuwait and Bahrain and acquired shares in companies in Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and South Africa and is continuing to develop its outreach to become a global service provider.

About EMC

STC is the leading national provider of telecommunication services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in the last few years, STC has gone beyond its local borders to the international markets, forming a network of businesses and investments in a number of GCC countries, Asia & Africa. The company has now foot print in Kuwait, Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey and South Africa which has enabled STC to serve a greater number of its customers which the company seeks to increase internationally through studying and evaluation of potential investment opportunities in the future in line with its FORWARD Strategy. Information about STC products and services can be found at

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