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Memorandum of Understanding Signed Between UL & Saudi Telecom Company

UL has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the leading Saudi Arabia-based telecommunications company Saudi Telecom Company (STC).

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March 12, 2019

Northbrook, February 28, 2019 – UL has signed  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the leading Saudi Arabia-based telecommunications company Saudi Telecom Company (STC).  The MOU is to establish a Center of Excellence (CoE) to test various products across the FTTH ecosystem.

Under the terms of the MOU, UL will work with STC to set up a Center of Excellence (CoE) to provide testing services for Fiber Optic Cabinets (FAT and Joint Closures, Wall Boxes, FDT, Splitters), Fiber Optic Cables (Indoor and Outdoor), and Mechanical Civil items (ducts, plastic and metallic spacers, hand-hole and man-Hole, covers and frames). 

UL understands there is increasing need for wire and cable industry in Saudi Arabia to accelerate  time to market and to meet the challenges posed by growing complexity of technology and business environment.  With the support from UL’s engineering expertise, this new facility in Saudi Arabia will help all key stakeholders along the global supply chain to design, manufacture, specify and procure compliant products in the marketplace.

“We are collaborating with STC to provide our testing services locally here in Saudi Arabia with a view to shorten the turnaround time for submitting samples, testing and certification,” said Steven A. Galan, director of UL’s Wire and Cable division.  “Additionally suppliers of telecommunications industry can  conduct UL research testing at this facility to validate their product design during the product development stage, which will help enhance market competitiveness of the product.”

“The MOU advances STC and UL shared goal of providing manufacturers, relevant information on safety and performance of telecommunication products and accessories.  Not only will it benefit STC and UL, but also it would further support the growth of the telecom sector of Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries,” said Bader A. Allhieb, vice president of operations at STC.

The MOU between UL and STC marks a milestone for new way of cooperation between both parties in testing and certification and for growth with the industrial sector of Saudi Arabia.

To learn more about UL’s full range of market access and other service offerings for the wire and cable industry, please reach out directly to Sameer Salam at


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