Ooredoo has signed a major deal to land a global submarine cable in Qatar, which will provide people in the country access to new, high-speed global routing that will encourage the expansion of broadband penetration, Internet usage and enterprise applications.
Senior executives from Ooredoo took part in a major ceremony in Hong Kong recently to mark the launch of the new high-capacity Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) subsea cable system. Ooredoo was among the 17 founding partners, which signed the construction and maintenance agreement at the special ceremony that officially marked the commencement of the AAE-1 project. The target completion date for construction of the AAE-1 cable is 2016.
The AAE-1 cable will provide people in Qatar access to new, high-speed global routing that will encourage the expansion of broadband penetration, Internet usage and enterprise applications. It will also deliver faster and more reliable bandwidth and business-critical capacity for broadband data and high-quality voice services into the countries along its route. The new cable is one of the largest planned consortium cable projects in the world today, and, by providing a more resilient and diverse structure, will provide an important upgrade for international networks, enhancing Internet speeds, enabling high quality voice services and improving resilience for people and companies across the globe.
Ooredoo Qatar chief operating officer Waleed al-Sayed said: “This is a long-awaited and critical project, which will make a major contribution to enhancing global communication. Ooredoo is proud to be playing its part in developing this vital piece of global infrastructure, and we note that it will be among the first global cables to land in Qatar, helping to build our role as a vital global hub for online traffic.” Al-Sayed and Yousuf Abdulla al-Kubaisi, chief wholesale and international officer, attended the event, as part of a delegation of senior executives from 17 of the world’s leading global telecom carriers.
The new AAE-1 subsea cable system will be among the first global consortium cables to land in Qatar, and will help position the country as a major hub for telecommunications connectivity in the GCC and wider region. Spanning approximately 25,000km, it will be one of the first unique cable systems to connect Hong Kong, Singapore, the Middle East, Africa and Europe and providing an alternative low latency route between Far East and Europe, increasing the stability and security of communications between these key trade centres. Besides Qatar, the cable will land in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy, France.
Its completion will provide additional protection and diversity to the world’s heavily-congested cable systems, delivering greater speeds and ensuring that companies and individuals suffer less from bottlenecks or disruption caused by cable breaks. Using the latest 100Gbps technology, with a design capacity of more than 40 terabits and structured to channel traffic along the lowest latency routes, the cable is predicted to make a significant contribution to business growth in participating countries. In particular, it will use diversified points of presence to increase flexibility for carriers and their customers.
Ooredoo’s contribution towards the AAE-1 project is the latest in a series of significant and important investments in global infrastructure, as the company looks to support the National Vision 2030 and support the growth of the knowledge-based economy.