Arc to consult on Orient Express subsea cable

Arc to consult on Orient Express subsea cable

13 May 2020 | Natalie Bannerman


Arc has been selected by Emergent Telecommunications (Emergent) as the lead consultant for the Orient Express subsea cable.

As lead consultant, Arc will consult on network configuration, tendering, supply contract negotiation and documentation, as well as overall project management for the system.

“We are proud to be supporting the first subsea cable system to connect Pakistan to the UAE directly. It is an opportunity to work closely with our partners and use our experience and expertise to make the Orient Express cable a success in the long-term,” said Mahesh Jaishankar (pictured), CEO at Arc.

“This is an example of how we can help organisations across the region to connect and deploy new services that benefit businesses and end users across the region. It is an exciting project and a great partnership.” 

The 1,300km Orient Express cable will connect Karachi and Gwadar in Pakistan, and Kalba in the UAE. The system forms part of China’s belts and roads strategic trade policy initiative.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Arc to connect the UAE and Pakistan through the Orient Express cable,” said Haider Bokhari, Chairman at Emergent Telecommunications.

Arc has the resources, experience and knowledge to drive large complex submarine cable projects and ensure that this strategic cable system will be delivered on time, on budget, and according to best-in-class technical specifications. We connect smart digital technologies that benefit both businesses and end users.”

Once complete, the Orient Express cable will offer high-bandwidth capacity, internet services, and transit facilities with low latency for local customers.

“At Arc, we’re seeing tremendous interest in its business model with organisations of all kinds looking for a simpler way to connect and optimise applications and services in MENA,” said Faisal Qamhiyah, chairman at Arc.

“Simple and seamless inter-regional connectivity supports innovation, transformation and growth of the digital economy in the region. Arc is taking the MENA region into the future.”