Mobily connects to AAE-1 in Jeddah

25 July 2016 |


ETIHAD Etisalat (Mobily) has launched the high-capacity submarine cable (Asia – Africa – Europe – I) in Jeddah.

ETIHAD Etisalat (Mobily) has announced its connection to the high-capacity submarine cable (Asia – Africa – Europe – 1) in Jeddah. The cable extends for a distance of 25,000 kilometers and connects the Far East starting from Hong Kong, through the countries of  Malaysia and Thailand, linking them to India and Pakistan through the Arab Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Oman).

Minister of communications and technology Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel was present at the launch as was Dr. Deif Allah Bin Ahmed Al-Zahrani, vice governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission for competition and legal affairs; and CEO of Mobily Ahmed Farrukh.

The cable passes through Africa (Djibouti, Egypt) reaching Europe (Greece, Italy, and France) providing high transfer capacities of up to more than 40 terabits per second.

AAE-1 is one of the longest fiber-optic cables in the world and takes a different route from the existing cables in order to avoid breakdown and duplication.

The cable links in with the Mobily data center in Jeddah which in turn is linked to all the company’s data centers which link all of the kingdom’s major cities.

Eng. Mazied Al-Harbi, executive officer of technology at Mobily, showed, at the launch, a presentation about the submarine cable demonstrating its characteristics, the importance of the Kingdom’s location and its role as a link in building the cable link.