Egypt: The Telecom Egypt operator has announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with the Jordanian subsidiary of the Orange group to build a highly reliable terrestrial system to connect Iraq to Europe through Jordanian and Egyptian territories
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Friday 2 September 2022 Last update on Friday, September 2, 2022 At 7:00 AM

With the Covid-19 pandemic, digital connectivity has become even more vital for citizens, businesses... Telecom Egypt and Orange Jordan are teaming up to meet growing demand in the Middle East and Asia region North Africa.

The Egyptian telecommunications operator Telecom Egypt has announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with the Jordanian subsidiary of the Orange group. The two partners are committed to building a highly reliable ground system called “ Cairo Amman Baghdad (CAB) System ” in order to connect Iraq to Europe through Jordanian and Egyptian territories. In particular, it will make it possible to provide state-of-the-art telecommunications and connectivity solutions.

The new system will leverage the position, international assets and facilities of Telecom Egypt, as well as the diverse infrastructure of Orange Jordan in Jordan. The integration of the networks of the two companies will make it possible to offer reliable Internet connectivity services with low latency in order to meet the growing demand of the Iraqi market.

This partnership is part of the two operators’ strategy to expand their presence in the Middle East in general, and in the Iraqi market in particular. It intervenes in a particular context marked by the acceleration of the digital transformation and the strong demand of the populations for digital services.

According to the GSMA, the Middle East and North Africa region is expected to have 456 million unique mobile subscribers by 2025, representing a penetration of 68%. Moreover, the revenues of telecom operators in the region are expected to reach USD 66.5 billion over the same period, while their capital investments will be USD 37.3 billion.

The CAB system will be ready for commissioning in the third quarter of 2022. Once launched, it will enrich the user experience for the Iraqi market by serving it through a new highly resilient and fully diversified route, according to Adel Hamed , Managing Director and Chairman and CEO of Telecom Egypt.

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