King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) deploys Meta connectivity's Terragraph wireless technology for high-speed, reliable Wi-Fi service in a pilot with the Communication, Space and Technology Comission (CST).


The Terragraph wireless technology designed to make deployment gigabit connectivity faster and more efficient in markets where trenching fiber is difficult and cost-prohibitive.


As a world-class leading research institution, KAUST's mission includes leveraging cutting-edge research to give back to the community. The Modern Architectural Contracting Company (MACC) camp, located about 1,5km from the KAUST campus, previously offered no internet connectivity due to the lack of high-speed backhaul and distribution capacity to the Wi-Fi nodes.


“Fiber would have been way too expensive to deploy, not only as a backhaul between KAUST and the camp, but also as a distribution technology within the camp, notwithstanding the lack of flexibility as housing configurations tend to change. We needed a low-cost, high-speed alternative to fiber that can be redeployed at little to no cost. Terragraph was the perfect choice.”

“The goal is to see research on these advanced technologies bringing global connectivity in a sustainable fashion and contributing to the development of tomorrow’s digitally inclusive and sustainable world.”
Prof Slim
Tony Chan


Dr. Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Tony F. Chan, KAUST President 

Connecting the unconnected


Thanks to Cambium Network's Terragraph equipment, the MACC camp links to the KAUST Campus and distributes capacity to the Wi-Fi nodes, making it possible to design a sustainable high-speed backhaul and distribution network without the need to deploy fiber, ultimately reducing cos and delay.


KAUST, Meta and CST believe in the value of the new technologies to bridge the internet access and affordability gap and help bring more users to a faster and more reliable internet. In collaboration with Meta, KAUST worked with CST to evaluate the technology, following the granting of the necessary spectrum permissions and approvals for the equipment.


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“Our goal at CST is to unlock the potential of radiocommunication in Saudi Arabia for a smarter and safer future by enabling emerging technologies, such as the hybrid mm-wave/FSO systems of the trail.  We will achieve that through assisting innovation by making a variety of bands available for new concepts in a range of different manners from trial licenses to shared and short-term access.”
"Access to reliable, affordable and high-speed broadband is an essential part of today's society and it will become even more important as we embark on building the metaverse, the next evolution of the internet. We're delighted to see KAUST partnering with Cambium Networks to take advantage of the Terragraph technology and deliver fiber-like connectivity in Saudi Arabia at an affordable cost to their communities."

Dr. Mohammed Alotaibi, Deputy Governor, Radio Spectrum at CST

Anas Metwaly, Head of Public Policy, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at Meta


Terragraph technology at KAUST

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