Telecom Egypt and SubCom complete IEX subsea systems at two cable landing stations in Egypt

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June 6, 2024
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Telecom Egypt and SubCom subsea cable systems
  • Telecom Egypt, Egypt's telecom operator, and SubCom, a subsea data system supplier, have announced the completion of the India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) landings in Egypt. 
  • The system also links two seas and two continents via two distinct trans-Egyptian terrestrial crossing routes. 
  • According to Telecom Egypt, IEX will now connect Mumbai directly to Europe Milan, Italy, increasing diversity and enabling advanced, high-capacity services.

In February 2024, Seacom, a telecommunications and subsea cable provider, experienced a subsea cable system outage in the Red Sea region, affecting the cable segment connecting Mombasa, Kenya, to Zafarana, Egypt.

Telecom Egypt and SubCom's new subsea system has landed in Egypt at two cable landing stations: Zafarana2 on the Red Sea and Sidi Kerir on the Mediterranean.

The government-owned telco, which has been providing retail telecommunication services in the country for over 50 years, stated that its role in the project will be to "secure a smooth, speedy, and flexible local cycle of permits, approvals, and landing-related logistics."

Telecom Egypt also noted that each segment of the new cables is designed for high-capacity transmission with 13 fibre pairs.

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Besides, the telco stated it will provide IEX with landing facilities and support in Egypt and new terrestrial crossings between locations. 

The supplier will engineer, manufacture, and deploy SubCom's 10,000km IEX system, which includes their space-division multiplexing (SDM) and Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) ROADM technologies. 

The IEX subsea system is said to be the fifth to land in Egypt in the last decade, and the tenth in terms of landings. It is also the first landing at the Sidi Kerir landing station and the fourth at Zafarana 2. 

Mohamed Nasr, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Egypt, said, “Through these important projects, Telecom Egypt aims to diversify its services and consolidate its placement as a main international telecommunications hub in the region.”

Meanwhile, in February 2024, Telecom Egypt and 4iG partnered to build an express subsea cable connecting Albania to Egypt after signing an October 2023 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) forming a joint venture for the intercontinental subsea cable project.

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