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Middle Eastern telcos to form Alliance Networks, a new digital infra venture

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Eight prominent companies from within the Middle Eastern telecoms/tech ecosystem have inked a memorandum of understanding to create a new digital infrastructure services company.

Named Alliance Networks, this new entity will see the coming of Alliance International Management (AIM); Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX); Bahrain National Holding Company (BNH); Gulf Bridge International (GBI); GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA); Gulf Data Hub (GDH); Gulfnet Communications Company (B.Online); and Nuetel Communications (Nuetel).

“Today’s market is all about agility, experience and seamless connection between hubs across the region,” said Adel Al Daylami, CEO of AIM.

“We’re proud to be part of Alliance Networks and supporting an innovative business that will ultimately benefit the region including technology providers and end users.”

"AMS-IX is excited to work with strong partners and develop key digital infrastructure and connectivity services for its peers and the wider Internet community," said Peter van Burgel, CEO of AMS-IX.

"This initiative will contribute greatly to bringing low latency, value for money and high-quality Internet to the region and will help establish the GCC countries as a key Internet hub.”

Serving the Middle Eastern region, this venture aims to bridge high speed connectivity infrastructure with data centres and exchange platforms. Specifically, Alliance Networks seeks to simplify the digital infrastructure access by providing unified connectivity to data centres & internet exchange services especially in the Gulf with interconnected data centre and internet exchange platform solutions.

“We see a clear gap in the regional markets, for a one stop provider of digital infrastructure and connectivity, that is flexible, responsive to customer needs and reliable” said Sameer Al Wazzan, CEO of BNH. “We keenly look forward to the next stage of this exciting project”

“Alliance Networks provides GBI an opportunity to further address the region's growing capacity requirements. The alliance is another exciting example of how carriers can co-operate to meet the region's growing demands and beyond," added Cengiz Oztelcan, CEO of GBI.

Once operational in the near future, Alliance Networks will enable carriers, enterprises, cloud, and content providers to quickly access networking and data centre infrastructure through a single platform.

“GCCIA is delighted to partner with Alliance Networks and support their efforts and ambition plan to provide innovative digital infrastructure services in the region,” said Ahmed Al-Ebrahim, CEO of GCCIA.

“Combining the proven capabilities of technology providers and GCCIA’s resilient network will bring synergies to the forefront for the benefit of customers across the region."

“Digital transformation and cloud adoption needs simplicity and cost effective connectivity and host solutions,” said Tarek Al Ashram, CEO of GDH.

The first stage of development, known the interconnection phase will see all GCC countries be interconnected, enabling it to function as a single region/country.

“We are excited to invest in Alliance Networks and accelerate innovation across the Middle East. “

The second stage in referred to as the deployment phase involves plans to deploy multiple interconnected internet exchanges in the region.

“Digitisation is an integral part of all our lives today that urge us to be part of the evolution of telecommunication networks and information society systems.” said Dina AlEissa , CEO of B.Online.

“We are proud to partner with Alliance Networks, moving forward together uniting our forces, so success takes care of itself.”

“Nuetel is honoured to be an active member of this strategic venture which shall not only provide an innovative and redundant interconnection between the GCC countries but will also provide dynamic and competitive business propositions while meeting the rapidly changing customer requirements” added Mohamed Madan, CEO of Nuetel.