Digital communications facility opens in planned futuristic Saudi region

Digital communications facility opens in planned futuristic Saudi region

Tonomus, the first subsidiary of Neom, a region in Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea coast described as 'building a future fuelled by the power of cognitive technology', has announced the opening of its first digital communications facility.

Tonomus says its mission is to transform the way we live through predictive, personalised and autonomous solutions enabled by unrivalled connectivity and next-generation technologies.

The TONOMUS.NEOM Telecommunications Centre contains a high-capacity, highly efficient data centre and associated infrastructure to enhance the availability, resilience and growth of 5G, satellite and fibre cable network connectivity, and enable the provision of secure private cloud services in the Neom region.

On-site offices and facilities within the centre will support day-to-day operations and collaboration with telecommunications industry partners.

The centre is described as a key upgrade to Neom’s existing ICT infrastructure that will, it is claimed, offer some of the highest and most reliable network speeds anywhere in the world.

Strategically located in Oxagon, a city that will be home to advanced and clean industries in Neom, it will provide consistent bandwidth for secure information sharing and fast decision-making, supporting the demands of construction across the Neom region, keeping a growing number of residents and businesses connected securely and without interruption, and driving down operating costs.

The centre will power a software-driven network and secure private cloud that is projected to service up to 60 locations, some 1,800 structures, approximately 300,000 construction staff needed at Neom by 2025 and 200 million IoT devices by 2030. It will also interface with key existing and future national and international digital networks and services to offer a seamless experience to end users.

The facility site spans an area of 18,000 square metres, with a two-floor office building hosting 150 personnel. It will also serve as a hub for ongoing collaboration with telecommunications solution providers and technology partners.

Of course, the eventual demand for these services depends on funding for Neom itself. The region, which, it is said, will be 33 times the size of New York City once the project is finalised, is still in the early stages of its development. News service Middle East Eye says there has also been controversy about forcible displacement of local people.


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