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Middle-East Operators Invest in New Submarine Cable

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A consortium of telecoms operators in the Middle East has been formed to build a high bandwidth regional transmission cable system for the region. The system, to be called the Middle East Europe Terrestrial System (MEETS) was both conceived and co promoted by Du, Vodafone, Zain and Zajil.

Du will be the landing party in the UAE while Vodafone Qatar will be in Qatar, Zain in Saudi Arabia, and Zajil in Bahrain and Kuwait.

A 100G optical transport network (OTN) will be built on top of a 1,400km terrestrial fibre optic cable to sustain the growing bandwidth demand of the region.

MEETS is designed to be an economically and technically competitive alternative for connectivity within the Gulf; it will also enable a terrestrial route to Europe for reduced latency and higher reliability. Carriers will be able to access MEETS from the Fujairah Landing Station or at the carrier neutral hub datamena.

MEETS will have an initial capacity of 200Gbps and be carried over an Optical Ground Wire associated with a regional high-tension electricity network - reducing the risk of cable cuts. The system will be managed by a 24/7 Network Operating Centre (NOC).

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