Jeddah and Yanba welcome the world’s longest submarine cable to Saudi Arabia

center3, owned by the stc group, and META announced the arrival of the world’s longest submarine cable to two of the four planned landing sites in Saudi Arabia, which are the cities of Jeddah and Yanbu.

According to the Okaz newspaper, this project is being implemented as part of the 2Africa submarine cable network consolidation, in line with the stc group’s strategy to expand and grow and promote the Kingdom’s transformation into a global digital hub connecting three continents. world, Asia, Africa and Europe.

Okaz explained that the Africa-2 cable, with a length of more than 45,000 km, is considered one of the longest submarine cables that have been launched in the world, since by the end of the project in 2024 the submarine cable system will connect 33 countries, and will also provide reliable communications and internet services across three continents: Africa, Asia and Europe.

It is also expected that the Africa-2 cable, after the cities of Jeddah and Yanbu, will reach the city of Duba at the end of this year, and will also reach the city of Al-Khobar in 2024, like the Africa-2 submarine cable. will increase the level of information sharing and development of digital business, which will help stimulate the next phase of growth in many economies. Cable will boost economic growth and catalyze change in the broadband market for individuals and businesses.

It is worth noting that the Africa 2 cable will cover the entire Persian Gulf region due to the African Pearl 2 cable spurs, which will add landings in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan. and India, as well as the east coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

For his part, Fahad Al-Hajri, CEO of Center3, said: “The launch of the Africa2 cable is a new milestone for Center3 and reflects our goals of connecting Asia, Africa and Europe. We continue to invest in communications infrastructure to provide exceptional customer service and contribute our contribution to the achievement of The Kingdom’s Vision 2030. Through this project, we hope to strengthen the company’s position and consolidate its leading role in the telecommunications sector in the region.”

Fares Akkad, Mita Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: “Our significant investment in Africa2 cable builds on many other investments we have made in Saudi Arabia. The crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how millions of people depend on people People are connected to the Internet to perform their basic daily tasks and communicate with their loved ones, and investments in submarine cables not only provide a better experience for people using our products, but and benefit many other sectors, including health, education and social services.”

Source: “Okaz”

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