Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Bharti Airtel and Telcom Egypt announce strategic subsea partnership

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Monday 06 August 18

The partnership will provide Airtel with additional capacity into the GCC and European markets

India's Bharti Airtel has signed a strategic agreement with Telecom Egypt to receive Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) on the Middle East and North Africa Submarine Cable System (MENA Cable) and the TE North Cable System.  In addition to the IRU agreement…

India's Bharti Airtel has signed a strategic agreement with Telecom Egypt to receive Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) on the Middle East and North Africa Submarine Cable System (MENA Cable) and the TE North Cable System. 

In addition to the IRU agreement, Airtel has also opted to take up large capacities on two new cable systems -the SMW5 and AAE1 cables - on a long-term basis.

“The partnership with Telecom Egypt underlines our commitment to provide world-class service experience to our customers. The partnership including MENA Cable and TE’s network will be a good addition to our global network portfolio and provide us with a high quality and diversified new route to Western Europe and the rest of the world," said Ajay Chitkara, director and CEO of Airtel Business. 

"With the explosion of data usage in emerging markets, including India and Africa, this asset will provide us a scalable and diverse high capacity highway to serve our customers. In particular, it will provide impetus to India’s emergence as a major regional internet hub serving customers across SAARC region, with seamless global connectivity,” he added. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Airtel will have the right to use fibre pairs of MENA Cable from Egypt to India, providing crucial access to the GCC regions, via Saudi Arabia and Oman. 

Airtel will also gain access to lucrative routes into Europe, via the Egypt-Italy leg of the system.  

You can keep up to date with all the latest developments in the subsea and submarine industries at the Submarine Networks EMEA 2019 event, set to be held in London on the 12-13 February 2019. Click here to find out how you can be involved in the latest instalment of the event. 

Also in the news: 

New subsea cable project to boost US-LATAM connectivity 

Hawaiki subsea cable doubles subsea capacity in Australia and New Zealand 

Google's new subsea cabling system between Europe and the US gets the go-ahead 

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