The Asia – Africa – Europe – I subsea cable has been successfully connected to the network, which will span from Hong Kong to Marseille, France once it is completed, to provide additional high capacity connectivity to Asia, the Middle East, East and North Africa and Europe.
The 25,000km submarine cable runs from South East Asia to Europe across Egypt, connecting Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.
AAE-1 is intended to provide a low-latency, short-route alternative connection, with high transfer capacities up to more than 40 terabits per second. The cable has been situated away from existing subsea telecommunications cables, and uses the latest construction technology and techniques, to make it more resilient to damage that might cut the cable.
AAE-1 is being deployed by a consortium headed by China Unicom, and which includes Middle East operators Mobily, Etisalat, Omantel, Ooredoo and TeleYemen.
HE Dr Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, Minister of Communications and Technology, Dr Deif Allah Bin Ahmed Al-Zahrani, Vice Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission for competition and legal affairs, and Ahmed Farrukh, CEO of Mobily all attended the launch ceremony held by Mobily.
Farrukh noted that the connection with AAE-1 would help to further improve the communications network infrastructure in the Kingdom, by increasing internet capacity and enabling the expansion of data and communications traffic between countries. The cable will also help to increase Internet speeds and improve access to telecoms and data services for Mobily customers, in line with Vision 2030 development plan to improve connectivity in Saudi Arabia.