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Seamless Connections, Limitless Potential: The Al Khaleej Subsea Cable And The Rise Of The GCC


This project signifies a major leap forward in regional connectivity, laying the groundwork for a thriving digital economy and solidifying the GCC's position as a global ICT leader.

Subsea cables are the vital arteries of the digital age, pulsing with data that fuels economic growth, social progress and individual wellbeing.  

Recognising this critical need, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, with its ambitious vision for a diversified economy and a thriving digital landscape, is set to experience a significant connectivity boost.

A recent collaboration between Connected Networks' partner Cato and e& (formerly Etisalat) promises to significantly enhance connectivity across the GCC and solidify the region's position as a major Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub.

The Power of Connectivity in the Digital Age

The internet has fundamentally transformed the way we live, work and interact. Businesses rely on seamless data exchange to collaborate globally, while individuals depend on reliable internet access for everything from education and entertainment to healthcare and social connection. As economies become increasingly digital, robust connectivity infrastructure becomes a cornerstone for success.

The GCC region, with its aspirations for a knowledge-based economy and a thriving digital ecosystem, understands this critical need. Governments across the GCC are actively investing in infrastructure development and fostering an environment for innovation and technological adoption.

A Strategic Partnership: e& and Batelco Join Forces

This vision for a hyper-connected future is the drives nehind the landmark partnership between e& and Batelco (Bahrin Telecommunication Company). These leading telecommunication companies have joined forces to deploy the Al Khaleej subsea cable system, a monumental project poised to revolutionise connectivity across the GCC.

Bridging the Region: The Al Khaleej Subsea Cable System

The Al Khaleej subsea cable system is a 1,400-kilometer underwater fibre optic cable specifically designed to connect Bahrain directly to its neighbouring GCC countries. This vital link will establish a seamless pathway for data exchange, fostering improved communication capabilities throughout the region.

But the Al Khaleej cable doesn't operate in isolation. This strategic project cleverly branches off from the SEA-ME-WE 6 cable, a high-capacity subsea cable system spanning more than 21,700 kilometres and connecting Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe. This connection not only strengthens regional connectivity but also offers the GCC a crucial diversification of subsea routes and enhances network resilience and redundancy.

Beyond Connections: The Benefits of Enhanced Connectivity

The benefits of the Al Khaleej cable project extend far beyond simply connecting countries. Enhanced data exchange capabilities will pave the way for a digital transformation across the GCC. Businesses will benefit from:

Faster internet speeds: Improved data transfer rates will unlock new business opportunities, facilitate seamless cross-border collaboration and empower businesses to leverage cloud-based applications more effectively.

Enhanced cloud services: A robust network infrastructure will support the growth of cloud computing services, offering businesses greater scalability, agility and cost-efficiency.

A foundation for a digital economy: The improved connectivity will serve as a cornerstone for the development of a thriving digital economy across the GCC, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Individuals will also experience a more seamless online experience, with:

Faster downloads: Quicker download speeds will enhance the user experience for everything from browsing the web to facilitating business needs.

Lag-free online interactions: Enhanced data transfer rates will reduce latency, allowing for more seamless online interactions, including video calls.

e&: Building the Foundation for a Connected Future

e&, plays a crucial role in this project with its extensive experience in landing submarine cables, having successfully deployed over 20 such systems. Their expertise will be crucial in building the necessary infrastructure in the UAE to land the Al Khaleej cable. Additionally, e&'s commitment extends to providing ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) for the cable, ensuring its smooth and reliable operation for years to come.

The enthusiasm surrounding this project is evident in the statements by key figures. Nabil Baccouche, Group Chief Carrier & Wholesale Officer at e&, highlights their expertise and commitment:  

"We are extremely delighted to cooperate with Batelco as the exclusive landing party for the Al Khaleej cable in the UAE. Our expertise over the past decades in landing over 20 submarine cables will certainly provide timely deployment of world-class infrastructure as part of this strategic partnership."

Connected Networks: Empowering Progress  

While the Al Khaleej cable project focuses on infrastructure development within the GCC, Connected Networks plays a vital role in facilitating such advancements as a provider of cutting-edge solutions and a partner to leading companies like e&.  

By offering comprehensive network solutions and expertise in navigating the ever-evolving technological landscape, Connected Networks empowers our partners to deliver transformative projects like the Al Khaleej cable. Ultimately, this contributes to a more connected and digitally empowered future for the entire region.

The Al Khaleej subsea cable project is a shining example of what can be achieved through collaboration and a shared vision for a hyper-connected future. This project signifies a major leap forward in regional connectivity, laying the groundwork for a thriving digital economy and solidifying the GCC's position as a global ICT leader.