MENA secures Egypt link for submarine cable

23 January 2014 | Sophie Donoghue


MENA Submarine Cable Systems, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology, has announced that it has signed a $30 million agreement to use part of Telecom Egypt’s infrastructure.

The agreement allows MENA to utilise Telecom Egypt’s dark fibre pair between Zaafarana and Abu-Talat for the next 20 years, and brings MENA closer to launching its submarine cable network.

The deal completes the terrestrial infrastructure of MENA’s submarine cable system across Egypt and will result in the launch of its system in approximately one year.

Up until now, the launch has been delayed due to the lack of regulatory approval for the terrestrial section in Egypt.

MENA’s fibre-optic submarine cable network extends across Italy, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman and India and there are plans to extend the system to Greece and Djibouti.