Telecom Egypt adds EXA Infrastructure to WeConnect

Telecom Egypt adds EXA Infrastructure to WeConnect

Telecom Egypt says it has added European fibre backbone and transatlantic subsea cable infrastructure provider EXA Infrastructure to its WeConnect ecosystem in its latest move to establish Egypt as a major regional interconnection hub.

Through a partnership signed by both companies earlier this week, EXA Infrastructure will combine multi-route solutions to become a one-stop-shop for traffic from the Middle East and Asia into Europe.

The deal also enables EXA to provide protected capacity solutions from Egypt via Telecom Egypt’s infrastructure and WeConnect model to hundreds of endpoints in Europe and North America. This means that EXA Infrastructure will serve as the European and North American-based service provider to access WeConnect.

Mohamed Nasr, MD and CEO at Telecom Egypt said the partnership with EXA enables its customers to pick their traffic from Egypt to any point of presence (PoP) in Europe via Telecom Egypt’s Mediterranean cable landing stations.

“Using [the] WeConnect ecosystem, 19 subsea systems can easily and seamlessly scale-up and extend their reach to major PoPs in Europe hopping on EXA Infrastructure’s well-established network,” he said.

As we previously reported, the WeConnect model – which Telecom Egypt launched in September 2023 – enables users to mix and match connectivity between subsea cable systems in the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea using an open and neutral model.

Telecom Egypt said the EXA partnership is another step in its strategy to position Egypt as the main gateway to Asia, Africa, and Europe, and as an emerging intercontinental interconnection hub as demand grows for international connectivity coming from the Far East and Africa.

The telco says it enables more than 90% of international Eurasian traffic, and accounts for more than 200 Tbps of international traffic across Egypt.

As part of that strategy, Telecom Egypt said it is actively expanding its international infrastructure by establishing new landing stations on the Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts, which are connected via diverse terrestrial and subsea routes.


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