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Airtel diversifies operations in Africa, others



BHARTI Airtel and Egyptian service provider, Telecom Egypt have entered into strategic deal that would allow the former Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) on Middle East North Africa Submarine Cable (MENA Cable) and TE North Cable Systems.
The partnership will allow Airtel to further diversify its global network to serve the massive growth in demand for data services, particularly in emerging markets across South Asia, Africa and Middle East.
In addition to IRU, Airtel will also take large capacities on a long-term basis on two new state-of-the-art cable systems (SMW5 & AAE1), Gurgaon-based telco in a statement Monday said, adding that the transactions are aimed to be concluded after the fulfillment of required conditions.
The tie up between two telcos, would facilitate Bharti Airtel the right to use fiber pairs of MENA cable from Egypt to India with access to Saudi Arabia and Oman, and other fiber pairs from Egypt towards Italy.
The deal, according to the statement, would also extend beyond MENA cable, where Airtel will get the right to use a fiber pair from Egypt to France on TE North along with capacities on SMW5 and AAE1 cable systems.
Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business said: “The partnership with Telecom Egypt underlines our commitment to provide world-class service experience to our customers. The partnership including MENA Cable and TE’s network will be a good addition to our global network portfolio and provide us with a high quality and diversified new route to Western Europe and the rest of the world.”
Chitkara further said that with the explosion of data usage in emerging markets, including India and Africa, the asset would provide the telco a scalable and diverse high capacity highway to serve our customers.
“Telecom Egypt’s global network was built over the years through investments in consortiums as well as private international submarine cable systems. Our reach and position as an international hub with tens of Tbps lit capacity, makes us the partner of choice for Euro-Asian and Euro-African transit traffic,” Ahmed El Beheiry, Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Egypt said.
Telecom Egypt’s global network was built over the years through investments in international submarine cable systems that include TE North, ALETAR, SEA-ME-WE-3, SEA-ME-WE-4, SEA-ME-WE-5, IMEWE, EIG, and AAE-1.
Bharti Airtel’s global network portfolio includes ownership of i2i submarine cable system connecting Chennai to Singapore, consortium ownership of SMW4 submarine cable system connecting Chennai and Mumbai to Singapore and Europe, and new cable system investments like Asia America Gateway (AAG),
India Middle East & Western Europe (IMEWE), Unity, EIG (Europe India Gateway) and East Africa Submarine System (EASSy).
Sunil Mittal-driven telco also has terrestrial express connectivity with neighboring countries including Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and China

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