STC Develops Performance Indicators to Enhance Service Quality

STC Develops Performance Indicators to Enhance Service Quality
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STC Develops Performance Indicators to Enhance Service Quality

STC Develops Performance Indicators to Enhance Service Quality

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is working to improve the quality of telecommunications services in the country, after announcing yesterday that it has issued a new update to regulate the quality of service provided by licensed telecommunications service providers.

STC revealed Thursday that the new update includes organizing the standards and key performance indicators of landline and mobile telecommunication services in addition to advanced internet services for end users.

In this regard, Saudi Arabia Communications and Information Technology Commission clarified that the new update will become applicable starting the fourth quarter of 2018.

"This aims at developing ICT services, providing high quality communication services to subscribers and enhancing transparency among subscribers through the dissemination of benchmark data for service providers and guaranteeing a minimum quality of telecommunications services to subscribers; which is a key element in stimulating digital transformation to achieve the objectives of the National Transition 2020 Program, Kingdom Vision 2030 ».

Regarding the mobile telecommunication services, the latest STC report revealed that the number of mobile services users reached by the end of last year around 40 million subscribers, while the prepaid subscriptions reached around 74.8 percent. The report noted that the number of landlines reached 3.6 million by the end of last year.



German Economy Minister Says EU Open for Talks on China Tariffs

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German Economy Minister Says EU Open for Talks on China Tariffs

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Germany's Economy Minister Robert Habeck said during his visit to China on Saturday that the European Union's door is open for discussions regarding EU tariffs on Chinese exports.

"What I suggested to my Chinese partners today is that the doors are open for discussions and I hope that this message was heard," he said in his first statement in Shanghai, after meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing, Reuters reported.

Habeck's visit is the first by a senior European official since Brussels proposed hefty duties on imports of Chinese-made electric vehicles (EVs) to combat what the EU considers excessive subsidies.

Habeck said there is time for a dialogue between the EU and China on tariff issues before the duties come into full effect in November and that he believes in open markets but that markets require a level playing field.

Proven subsidies that are intended to increase the export advantages of companies can't be accepted, the minister said.

Another point of tension between Beijing and Berlin is China's support for Russia in its war in Ukraine. Habeck noted Chinese trade with Russia increased more than 40% last year.

Habeck said he had told Chinese officials that this was taking a toll on their economic relationship. "Circumventions of the sanctions imposed on Russia are not acceptable," he said, adding that technical goods produced in Europe should not end up on the battlefield via other countries.