Datacenter Dynamics — Australian telco Telstra has announced several initiatives that it says will extends its network services in Asia and offer more choice for customers. The new Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system will interconnect Telstra’s networks in Southeast Asia and North Asia through to India and the Middle East. An additional route between Asia and the Americas with the FASTER cable system should also be opened this summer.
Developing Telecoms — Five operators spanning Africa, the Middle East and South Central Asia will construct a new 17,000 km submarine cable system connecting the three regions. The operators signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) are MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa, with further carriers expected to join the consortium.
Trade Arabia — MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa have partnered to construct a new submarine cable system which will connect Africa with the Middle East and South Central Asia. The consortium-funded “Africa-1” submarine cable system will also provide onward connectivity to Europe.
Times of Oman — Muscat: Omantel, the Sultanate’s leading provider of integrated telecommunication services, has joined in a consortium with several East African telecommunications providers to lay the Gulf to Africa (G2A) undersea fibre-optic cable, which is set to revolutionise connectivity from Oman to East Africa, including Ethiopia and Somalia.
Enterprise Innovation — UnionPay International has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s Alinma Bank to enable all ATMs and merchants of the latter to accept UnionPay cards (card number starting with 62), making Alinma the first local bank to accept UnionPay cards. To promote card usage channels, the two sides also agreed to issue UnionPay to provide secure and convenient payment services for local consumers.
PRNewswire — DOHA, Qatar: Ooredoo Group has signed a frame supply agreement with Alcatel-Lucent, extending and reinforcing the existing long-term collaboration between both companies. The agreement covers the technology evolution and latest innovations relating to ultra-broadband IP and transport networks. This contract will extend for five years and will benefit operations across the Ooredoo footprint inMiddle East, Africa and Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia.