Telecom Egypt and ZOI announce plans for a new ‘digital corridor’

Telecom Egypt and ZOI announce plans for a new ‘digital corridor’

Telecom Egypt and Zain Omantel International (ZOI) have announced plans to forge what they call a new digital corridor, bridging the Mediterranean and Arabian seas.

Telecom Egypt describes itself as Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cable operators in the region. Global wholesale services provider Zain Omantel International (ZOI) has access to more than 20 international subsea cables in the region (we reported on the launch of ZOI in May 2023). They are now joining forces to establish the corridor which, they say, will seamlessly connect the Mediterranean Sea to the Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf, creating an ‘unprecedented’ Eurasian data highway.

The infrastructure will extend from Oman’s Arabian Sea and Gulf shores to Egypt’s Mediterranean coastline, employing a high-fibre-count, cutting-edge blend of terrestrial and subsea segments.

The terrestrial segments, spanning Oman, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, promise what is described as unparalleled reliability and protection, while the subsea section, directly linking Saudi Arabia and Egypt through the Red Sea, will feature a high-capacity repeaterless cable system.

Telecom Egypt and ZOI say this route design will provide their partners and customers with the best resiliency and reliability for their end-to-end solution. Furthermore, the infrastructure will be extended to Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq and Jordan through ZOI’s network and collaboration with the licensed cable landing parties in each country.

This collaboration also offers an opportunity for subsea cable owners. By connecting to this open access system, they can significantly reduce their construction costs and greatly enhance latency, resilience and market response times.

Telecom Egypt will develop new infrastructure across Egypt from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean and onwards to Europe, complemented by ZOI’s robust infrastructure across the Middle East. This new network route, say the project partners, will have the shortest, enhanced-latency profile, giving hyperscalers, subsea cable providers, carriers and telecom operators improved connectivity options from the Indian Ocean to Europe.


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