Telecom Egypt and Aqua Comms have signed a crossing and landing agreement for the Europe Middle-East India Connect 1 (EMIC-1) subsea cable in Egypt.
EMIC-1 is a new intercontinental subsea cable and terrestrial fibre system. The new agreement will see Telecom Egypt provide a seamless optical path for the cable between East Africa, Asia, and Europe. EMIC-1 is the first modern cable to link this route, connecting up to 3 billion people to the internet and accommodating for the growing demand for data of the world's fastest growing regions.
The cable will land at Port Said in the Mediterranean Sea and Ras Ghareb on the Red Sea, with both landing stations deploying next-generation fibre optics. The routes are adjacent to the Suez Canal, between Suez and Port Said. Additionally, this crossing will also include a third new marine path, the Red Sea Festoon, that will link the Ras Ghareb and Suez landing stations with an option of the Suez Canal Route (a.k.a. the Al Morshedeen route), linking Port Said and Suez on the bank of the Suez Canal, offering a new level of resilience and diversity to the crossing solution.
Telecom Egypt’s Managing Director and CEO Adel Hamed said: “We are pleased to offer Aqua Comms a seamless trans-Egypt crossing for their new cable. For years, we have established tangible steps to revamp our international infrastructure and increase our assets' geodiversity to keep pace with the rising global demand for large bandwidth and global reach. We believe that EMIC-1 will be a valuable addition to the subsea cables landing in Egypt.”
Nigel Bayliff, CEO of Aqua Comms, said: “We are delighted to work with Telecom Egypt to deliver a highly resilient and innovative solution that will be a critical part of our new EMIC-1 system. This new system will connect the key hubs in Europe of Genoa, Marseille and Barcelona with both Salalah, Oman and Mumbai, India serving these high-growth markets with best-in-class connectivity services.”