Al Khaleej Subsea Cable to Land in UAE

Bahrain-based telecom operator, Batelco, and UAE-based Etisalat by e& have signed an MoU for the landing of Al Khaleej subsea Cable in the UAE. Al Khaleej is a 1,400 kilometer-long subsea cable fully owned by Batelco that will connect Bahrain to other regional countries including Oman, Qatar and the UAE.

Aiming to enhance data exchange and communication capabilities within the region, Al Khaleej subsea able will branch off from the 21,700-kilometer-long SEA-ME-WE 6 cable, currently in development to connect Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe. Batelco through the Beyon Group is one of the major investors in the SEA-ME-WE 6 consortium.

The partnership between Batelco and e& was confirmed during Capacity Middle East where Batelco Chief Global Business Officer Hani Askar and e& Carrier & Wholesale Group, Chief Carrier and Wholesale Officer Nabil Baccouche signed the MoU.

The integration of the new submarine cable Al Khaleej into the UAE extending its reach to Bahrain and the GCC marks a ground-breaking milestone in the region’s telecommunications infrastructure. This new development enhances much needed subsea diversification of routes, paving the way for unparalleled international connectivity into the heart of the Middle East. The Al Khaleej Cable which will diversify routes and augment international connectivity for the region is expected to be in service by Q2 2026.

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