In December 2018, stc announced the carve-out of its towers and the establishment of a new subsidiary – TAWAL – to provide leading integrated ICT infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. TAWAL was launched on April 1st 2019 after obtaining its license from CITC making it the region’s first and largest Telecommunications Tower Company.
TAWAL now owns a portfolio of more than 14,000 telecom towers spread across the Kingdom and is establishing itself as the leading player in the Saudi telecommunications infrastructure market, aspiring to extend its services and coverage across the region. TAWAL’s mandate is to boost infrastructure sharing to enable its customers to:
- Achieve operational efficiencies
- Minimize expenses
- Reduce environmental impact
TAWAL’s core activities involve designing, building, and managing consolidated telecom infrastructure facilities that enable state of the art and modular connectivity. By enhancing tower sharing, TAWAL enables its partners to attain operational
excellence and accrue higher profits resulting from reduced capital expenses for network rollouts and lowered operating expenses for managing infrastructure at multiple sites. Tower sharing also provides additional benefits for congested urban areas, including minimizing infrastructure duplications and excessive network redundancies, as well as reducing visual pollution that usually results from dense equipment installations.
We own and manage the passive infrastructure of our towers and lease space to service providers in addition to government entities and communication businesses. We are also planning for expansions to benefit from economies of scale and develop value-added services. Looking ahead, TAWAL is bracing for a new era of technologies and adjacent innovative services such as small cells, IBS, and fiber. Furthermore, TAWAL plans to extend its geographic reach to cover new cities, rural areas, and remote destinations.
TAWAL is ready to embrace a limitless realm.
Enable operators to enrich the communication needs of customers by accelerating the roll-out of future technologies (e.g. 5G, IoT) and supporting the Vision 2030 Digital transformation
Drive MNOs, the Government and Businesses to operate more effectively and cost efficiently by enhancing colocation and realizing operational efficiencies
Make a positive impact on the local community and ensure environmental sustainability by contributing to community development and promoting renewable energies
Leasing space on our network of towers to telecom service providers and other related businesses
Building and managing towers on demand on behalf of network operators
Offering operations and maintenance services (including preventive maintenance, fault management, energy management, etc.)
In time, we aim to serve a wider client base, including government entities and other
businesses. We also target to extend our offerings to further advanced services such as
small cells and IBS.
We embrace a futuristic customer-centric strategy and pursue innovative solutions that would maximize our partners’ profitability. Our customers benefit from great value for their investment as they are able to realize scalability through retaining a unique geographical location to set up their infrastructure at a regular fee, which directly results in lower Capex. We manage our customers’ passive infrastructure efficiently, allowing them to shift their focus to their core business and boost the quality of their services.TAWAL has set three strategic levers to drive up value creation for its clients:
Unlocking scale benefits through optimizing the occupancy ratio of our core products and exploring opportunities from additional products and value added services
Realizing cost efficiencies through effective ticket management, re-negotiation of contracts for better agreements, and proficient handling of outsourced secondary services, while ensuring reliable service quality
Driving operational excellence by enabling effective business decision-making through building integrated reliable information systems and monitoring the performance of key operational processes