May 26, 2024

Batelco Partners With e& For Laying UAEs Al Khaleej Subsea Cable

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Batelco, part of the Beyon Group, and e& have recently signed an MoU for the landing of Al Khaleej Cable in the United Arab Emirates
Batelco, and e& MoU signing for the landing of Al Khaleej Cable in the United Arab Emirates. Image courtesy-Batelco

Batelco, part of the Beyon Group, and e& have recently signed an MoU for the landing of Al Khaleej Cable in the United Arab Emirates. The 1,400 KM long Al Khaleej subsea data cable system, will connect Bahrain to other regional countries including Oman, Qatar, and the UAE, and is wholly owned by Batelco.

This overall initiative focuses on the power data exchange and communication capabilities within the region. The Al Khaleej Cable will branch off from the 21,700-kilometre-long SEA-ME-WE 6 cable, currently in development to connect Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. Batelco through the Beyon Group is one of the major investors in the SEA-ME-WE 6 consortium.

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Industry sources added that this historic partnership between Batelco and e& was confirmed during Capacity Middle East where Batelco Chief Global Business Officer Hani Askar and e& Carrier & Wholesale Group, Chief Carrier and Wholesale Officer Nabil Baccouche signed the MoU.

Hani Askar, Chief Global Business Officer. Image Credit- Batelco

Batelco Chief Global Business Officer Hani Askar commented on the occasion, “We are proud to announce signing with e& to land the Al Khaleej Cable in the UAE, marking a significant milestone in enhancing connectivity across the GCC region. As the exclusive owner of this state-of-the-art Al Khaleej cable system, we are committed to providing unparalleled connectivity and a digital superhighway that will transform communication within the region.”

Mr. Askar added “With Bahrain now directly connected to other GCC countries through this advanced infrastructure, we are ushering in a new era of seamless and efficient data exchange. This achievement reinforces our dedication to delivering cutting-edge connectivity solutions and strengthens our position as a leader in the telecommunications industry. Through our active participation in the SEA-ME-WE 6 and Al Khaleej Cable systems, alongside our existing international infrastructure and strategic partnerships with industry leaders like e&, we are revolutionizing the diversity, resilience, and latency of our network systems. This positions us at the forefront of connectivity innovation, empowering businesses and individuals with unparalleled speed, reliability, and seamless communication capabilities.”

Nabil Baccouche, Group Chief Carrier and Wholesale Officer e&

Nabil Baccouche, Group Chief Carrier, and Wholesale Officer e& stated, “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.”

“The integration of the new submarine cable Al Khaleej into the UAE extending its reach to Bahrain and the GCC marks a ground-breaking milestone in the region’s telecommunications infrastructure. This new development enhances much-needed subsea diversification of routes, paving the way for unparalleled international connectivity into the heart of the Middle East,” Mr. Baccouche stated further.

Industry sources added that this Al Khaleej Cable will diversify the routes and augment international connectivity for the region and is expected to be in service by Q2 2026.

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