Batelco unites with e& to land Al Khaleej subsea cable in UAE

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Batelco signs MoU with e&
Officials during the signing ceremony.

Bahrain’s Batelco, part of the Beyon Group, and e& have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the landing of Al Khaleej Cable in the United Arab Emirates.

Fully owned by Batelco, the 1,400 KM long Al Khaleej subsea data cable system, will connect Bahrain to other regional countries including Oman, Qatar, and the UAE. This development aims to enhance data exchange and communication capabilities within the region.

According to the statement, “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.”

Hani Askar_Batelco_AWS partnership
Hani Askar
Chief Global Business Officer

“We are delighted to take this important step by signing with e& to land the Al Khaleej cable in Abu Dhabi, UAE, with the aim of strengthening regional connectivity and constructing a digital highway that will revolutionize the lives of our esteemed customers. A robust cutting-edge connectivity infrastructure is central to the development of a digital economy, and we continue to be committed to supporting the growth of Bahrain’s digital ecosystem. With our active participation in the SEA-ME-WE 6 and Al Khaleej Cable systems, in conjunction with our existing international infrastructure and partnerships with leading operations, such as e&, we are poised to elevate the diversity, resilience, and latency of our network systems.”

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

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