Zain Bahrain joins 2.3Tbps MEETS cable system to boost enterprise offering

08 October 2018 | Jasonn McGee-Abe

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Zain Bahrain has joined the Middle East – Europe Terrestrial System (MEETS), an international cable system that provides state-of-the-art high bandwidth regional connectivity solutions.

By joining MEETS, Zain Bahrain will offer enhanced products to meet the increasing demand for high-speed and reliable connectivity throughout the Kingdom, particularly amongst the booming enterprise sector. The company has hailed it as “a major regional telecommunication development for the Kingdom of Bahrain” as it drives towards making the Kingdom a major hub for ICT and data movement in the MENA region.

“The introduction of MEETS supports the Kingdom of Bahrain’s vision towards positioning Bahrain as a major hub for ICT and data movement in the MENA region,” said Mohammed Zainalabedin, general manager of Zain Bahrain (pictured).

“It also supports Zain Bahrain’s strategic plans to develop a world-class infrastructure locally and globally to cater for the growing demand of high-speed and low-latency connectivity solutions for our enterprise customers in Bahrain. Providing a superior internet experience will help Zain Bahrain retain and attract new customers, while complementing our cutting-edge mobile data expansion strategy and supporting the roll-out of dynamic Enterprise services to our corporate clients.”

MEETS is a partnership between a GCC-wide telecoms consortium, both conceived and co-promoted jointly by Zain – the MEETS landing party in Bahrain, du, Vodafone and Zajil, with the aim to significantly improve regional connectivity. It offers connectivity in the GCC region with a design capacity in excess of 2.3Tbps.

MEETS is built on an optical ground wire over a 1,400km regional high-tension electricity network, reducing the risk of cable cuts and enhancing the availability normally associated with submarine cables. The MEETS system is a state-of-the-art, upgradeable optical transport network capable of sustaining the growing bandwidth demand in the region.

MEETS caters to regional and international ICT companies, meeting their wholesale capacity needs, while providing a connection to new areas and end customers, especially enterprises of all sizes.