Arc selects Nokia for DC interconnect in Middle East

Arc selects Nokia for data centre interconnect in the Middle East

19 October 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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Nokia has been selected as the prime supplier by Arc Solutions to deliver a high-capacity data centre interconnection solution in the Middle East.

Covering four major business locations, the initial deployment was completed in six months to meet increasing traffic demands from Arc customers in the region.

“The Nokia solution gives us the ability to offer our customers rich, reliable and secure connectivity over a purpose-built platform between all key Middle East data centre locations," said Mahesh Jaishankar, CEO of Arc.

"As a focused middle-mile network service provider, Arc is building a robust, resilient and flexible pan-regional data centre interconnect network that will allow customers to connect their last mile solutions to the cloud and other service providers. The initial deployment across four key locations in the region was completed in record time with Nokia’s help during the period of COVID travel restrictions and supply chain challenges.”

Specifically, Arc has deployed Nokia IP and optical solutions to provide high-capacity connectivity between SmartHub in the UAE, datamena in the UAE, GlobalZone in Bahrain and Muscat MC1 in Oman).

Through which network-centric organisations can benefit from seamless high-speed interconnection with a growing ecosystem of ICT platforms across the region, including local network providers, cloud providers and internet exchange platforms, to name a few.

“Arc has broad knowledge and deep experience serving some of the largest and most dynamic businesses in the Middle East," said Manuel Ortiz Fernandez, senior vice president of EMEA Webscale business at Nokia.

"We are pleased that Arc has chosen to deploy our industry-leading IP/optical solution to bring high speed data centre connectivity to its customers in the region.” 

In related news, earlier this month Arc confirmed the expansion of its network footprint to Oman with presence in Equinix’s International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Muscat.