09 July 2018
| James Pearce
Omantel has partnered with Equinix to launch a new data centre in Oman, offering content delivery and interconnection services to customers in the Middle East.
The new site will be located in Barka, near the capital city
of Muscat, and will offer a network-dense, carrier-neutral
facility servicing carriers, content providers and cloud
providers. It will be operated by Equinix with 18,600 square
feet of colocation space and around 750 cabinets available at
The new Equinix International Business Exchange data centre
will act as a regional interconnection hub with low latencies
between the Asia, Africa and Europe regions. Customers will
also be able to connect to other Equinix data centres in the
region, it added.
The site will also offer connectivity to Oman’s
subsea cable landing stations (CLS), which include numerous
cables Omantel has invested in totalling 20 in all, with six
landing stations in Oman.
Eric Schwartz, president, EMEA, Equinix: "We see significant
potential for Oman as a market generally and, in particular,
supporting CLS requirements as subsea cable momentum
accelerates. It's all about meeting the growing need for
interconnection – private data exchange between
"In the digital age, companies need to reach everywhere,
interconnect everyone and integrate everything, and they need
to do it out at the digital edge, where commerce, population
centres and digital ecosystems meet. Our joint venture with
Omantel will do exactly that."
Under the terms of the agreement, Equinix and Omantel will
both fund equity contributions in an amount of US$10 million
for the joint venture representing a 50% shareholding each, and
additional funds will be raised through debt financing assumed
by the joint venture company. The shareholders' agreement was
signed on June 20, 2018, and the joint venture company was
established on June 26, 2018.
The facility will be built in three stages, with the initial
first stage offering around 250 cabinets expected to go live in
Omantel offers connectivity to more than 120 cities
worldwide, with investments in AAE-1, Europe India Gateway
(EIG), Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG), Gulf to Africa (G2A), and
Silk Route Gateway-1 (SRG-1), among others.
Talal Al Mamari, CEO, Omantel: "We are excited to work with
Equinix on this project and accelerate how users experience
cloud, content and next-gen communications. Today, data centre
infrastructure sits at the heart of global ICT and enables all
of us to enjoy the cloud-based apps and services we use every
"The planned IBX data centre with Equinix in Oman represents
a massive step forward for Oman and the Middle Eastern ICT
markets. Working on this project will allow both companies to
bring together their strong assets and enable a new era of
telecommunications both locally and globally. Such partnership
will further enhance Oman's competitiveness in the global
digital economy and trade."